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INTERFACEs 53 i 54, 1977

INTERFACEs 53 and 54, 1977
Photograph, 44 x 61 x 6 cm

In July 1977, Dieter Roth arrived in Cadaqués, where Richard Hamilton spent his summers. Upon arrival, he took a sketchbook and started to apply all kinds of materials such as pencil, ink, salami, cigarette butts and the remains of sea urchins. After, he passed the pages to Hamilton to see if he wanted to continue working on them, as they had done on other occasions. Hamilton commissioned from a carpenter 60 pieces of wood the size of the notebook pages, painted them white, stuck Roth’s creations on them and continued working. They were all human portraits. The two friends realised that some of the images showed a resemblance to their self-portraits, so they were assembled in 30 pairs. Thus INTERFACES was born.

Soon after, Roth suggested that they photographed themselves trying to appear as in the paintings. The photographic sessions took place in London a few months later. Hamilton filtered the negatives to achieve a resemblance with the paintings, which were presented as triptychs that could be combined in different ways depending on whether the right or left panels were open or closed. The creative complicity between Roth and Hamilton made it impossible to distinguish between the two authors in a work that is fresh, ironical and deliberately playful.


Technical details

Original title:
INTERFACEs 53 i 54
Registration number:
3545
Artist:
Roth, Dieter - Hamilton, Richard
Date created:
1977
Date acquired:
2008
Fonds:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Photograph
Media:
Mixed media on wood
Dimensions:
44 x 61 x 6 cm (height x width x depth)
Edition number:
GC039
Credits:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Long-term loan of Bombelli Family
Copyright:
© Estate of Dieter Roth; © Richard Hamilton, VEGAP, Barcelona
It has accessibility resources:
No

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Dieter Roth / Richard Hamilton "INTERFACEs 53 i 54", 1977
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