Enquire about the artwork Five Tyres Remoulded
by Richard Hamilton
- Mixed media
- Origin / Date
- edition of 150
- 61.2 x 86.5 cm (overall dimensions)
- The complete portfolio, comprising one relief cast in white silicone elastomer and seven original screenprints in black ink on mylar; the relief and one screenprint signed and numbered by Hamilton in pencil. Edition limited to 150 copies. The screenprinting pulled by the artist and Frank Kicherer. With the five colour collotype justification sheet, the full sheets loose as issued and housed in the original white portfolio box, with the artist's name and title printed in black on cover. From his earliest works, which examine subjects as apparently diverse as farm machinery and the writings of James Joyce, Hamilton is widely recognised for his exploration of the relationship between contemporary life, commerce and technology and he was one of the first to explore the potential of the computer in art. This suite of screenprints, which began with a drawing copied, in 1963, from an illustration of the development of tyre treads from 1902-1950, in a 1951 edition of the magazine 'Technique et Architecture', demonstrates his interest in design technology. He was also interested in exploring deeper, philosophical issues relating to ideas of the early 20-th century Dada artist Marcel Duchamp in the use of tautology and of complication through repetition. He developed the drawing first as a single screenprint in 1964 and again in 1970 when he was offered the services of an American computer programmer to plot the perspective of the drawings. The 1964 version was a screen print, but the original idea had been an etching deep enough to emboss the paper, an aim finally realised almost a decade later when the image was machine-cut in a brass plate and the print cast by spreading on the plate a silicone elastomer (manufactured as a flexible mould material), then reinforcing with a non-woven Terylene cotton fabric. This 3-D relief cast was produced as part of the suite and textual documentation and is also an integral part of the work. Scarce, epsecially complete.