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.
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.