Dieter Roth

Extract From:: In the late 1960s, Rita Donagh, wife of Roth’s longtime friend and collaborator Richard Hamilton, gave the artist a postcard of London’s famous Piccadilly Circus. This unremarkable image is the basis for one of the artist’s best-known series of artworks, 6 Piccadillies. Roth enlarged and reproduced the image as a doublesided photolithograph, then transformed it through various interventions: overprinting it in Day-Glo colors, sub-merging it in a fog of translucent white, and almost completely erasing it with a layer of iron filings. The portfolio cover resembles a suitcase, an item that had a constant presence in Roth’s itinerant life. 96 Piccadillies, a later volume, reproduces the artist’s paintings on postcards picturing the same landmark; the reproductions themselves can be separated and sent as postcards.

I viewed the small artist books collection in the library and a Dieter Roth book is in the collection, although I havent seen any of the other works by Roth the idea of archival has always been an inspiration I have taken away. I have worked with artist books before however this was not something that I wanted to focus on for this point in my practice. This is partially because as much as I enjoy book making the idea of a book was not well suited to the approach in my recent work.

Dieter Roth, Seminar (in Collaboration with Richard Hamilton), 1971, Lithograph on paper

This print from Roth in collaboration with Richard Hamilton is something that has interested me. I enjoy the idea of the print being made with very few recognisable forms and I also enjut the colour pallete used in the piece. I have not made any of my works collaboratively this year but it is something I am open to doing. The works of Lauren Marshall – Lemartwork.wordpress.com is something I feel may work well as a collaborative work, this is because Lauren also makes work focusing on printmaking and in relation to other locations.

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