April 12, 2010

Gummibandbild By Dieter Roth


It looks like the small trove of kid-related designs by Dieter Roth will only trickle out to the world one or two at a time.

Stopping Off Place has an awesome one, Gummibandbild, a type of adjustable picture Roth began making in 1960-61, while in Reykjavik. He sold the 1m square work as a kit, which included a bag of rubber bands and a sheet of painted plywood set with a grid of nails.

The photo above, taken from MoMA's 2003 Roth catalogue, shows Adda Ragnarsdóttir and the artist's then almost 3-yo son Karl Roth.


Stopping Off Place has a contemporary photo of a greenish Rubber Band Picture. Another example, in black, was included last winter in an exhibition of oddball European sculpture at Luhring Augustine Gallery [remember that crazy Martin Kippenberger sculpture of the bronze pig's leg in the umbrella stroller?] but its crumbly, vintage rubber bands all looked like crap.

The 1961 study for Roth's gummibandbilder series, just 22x22cm, sold for a mere EUR8125 in 2008. I imagine your homage version could clock in at considerably less than that.

Gummibandbild, Rubber Band Picture, by Dieter Roth [stopping off place]

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My brother made me something similar (smaller and made of wood w/ pegs) after I used a Geoboard in my school's gifted class in the mid '80s. Amazon has some (search for 'Geoboard').

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