Lot 106: Robert Rauschenberg
Sling-Shots Lit #8 (from Sling-Shots Lit)
Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Retains Gemini G.E.L. plaque with facsimile of signature in plate with date and edition on lower right side of lightbox
84.5" x 56.25" x 12.5"
Gemini G.E.L. #41.164
Literature: Davidson, Susan, and Walter Hopps. Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective. New York: Guggenheim Publications. series mentioned pp 382, 389.
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Like many of his projects, including Hoarfrosts, Publicons, and Bones and Unions, Rauschenberg’s collaborative style was equally intended for the viewer. In 1985, Rauschenberg created eight Sling-Shots, light boxes that house 14-color lithographs printed on Mylar and sailcloth. With Sling-Shots Lit #8 (1985), the audience is encouraged to pull the metal string to rotate the Mylar screens, each rotation producing a new color combination. These endless variations allude to his rotating Plexiglas discs of the 60s. Rauschenberg’s printed work – on any surface or material – incorporates his personal imagery that was often informed by his surroundings, and in his Sling-Shots, he provides the television for the viewer to change screens.
Kotz, Mary Lynn. Rauschenberg/Art and Life. New York: Abrams, 1990. Print. Davidson, Susan, and Walter Hopps. Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective. New York: Guggenheim Publications, 1997. Print.