Throwing Three Balls In The Air To Get A Straight Line
(after John Baldessari)

14 Offset Prints in Diecut Folder, 9 5/8 x 12 3/4", Edition of 200, 2010

In 1973, John Baldessari published a portfolio of photographs titled "Throwing Three Balls In The Air To Get A Straight Line (Best of 36 Attempts)". The number 36 was, of course, determined by the standard number of exposures on a roll of 35mm film. With this and piece and similar works such as "Throwing Three Balls In The Air To Get An Equilateral Triangle" and "Throwing Four Balls In The Air To Get A Square", Baldessari created works at once playful and conceptually rigorous.

My version of the piece replicates the format of Baldessari's portfolio but features photographs of my own attempts at the titular challenge. The photographs were shot in Brooklyn in 2010, a remove of nearly 40 years and 3,000 miles from Baldessari's earlier undertaking.

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