Scattergram – 1979
Solvent tranfer on fabric collaged on paper, laid down on foamboard
78 x 54 cm / 30.7 x 21.3 in.
Signed and dated lower left
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Scattergram from 1979 is a unique piece, combining 2 key elements in Rauschenberg work: his technic of solvent’s transfers and the fabrics pieces, here in saffron yellow and bright red, echoing the shimmering colors of India and his series called Jammers (1975-1976).
“Most of the time, the items that I use are captured into their ordinary banality. No research of rarity. In New York, you can’t walk through the streets without coming across a tire, a box, a cardboard. I just take them give them back to their own world.” explains Rauschenberg, neo Dada artist, Pop Art pioneer with his friend Jasper Johns.
It’s a faded, almost erased, Willem de Kooning’s drawing which influences Rauschenberg to explore the process of image reproduction: he explores the image transfer through the solvent’s transfers technic, which allows him to integrate in his works pictures from magazines, pictures from the mass consumption culture.
In spring 1975, the artist stayed for a month in a textile factory in Ahmadabad in India. He is touched by the beauty of those fabrics and the magnificence of colors, bright, which particularly contrast with poverty and toughness prevailing in India. It is coming back from this trip and, with the fabrics he brought back, that Rauschenberg developed his famous Jammers series, named after the sails of the merchant ships Windjammer : big rectangles of silk, muslin and cotton, of shimmering colors, sewn together and supported by simple wooden poles or hang on the walls. They have been exhibited for the first time in Leo Castelli Gallery in New York in February 1976.
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