James Rosenquist: Forty-seven Dirty Bandaids

Hermine Freed

1972 | 00:25:40 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: On Art and Artists, Single Titles

Tags: Artist Portraits, Painting

Freed documents artist James Rosenquist at home in an East Hampton, N.Y studio in March 1972. Rosenquist and his collaborators work on a project entitled 47 Dirty Band Aids with blaring music dominating the environment while they paint. Somewhat ironically Rosenquist describes each colour for the black and white video as he applies it to a large panel. With the camera roaming between the two of them Freed interrogates Rosenquist in a quieter moment, probing him for the intentions and ultimate destination of his work. They test fog machines that will accompany the paintings at an upcoming exhibition in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s gardens and express some apprehension toward their viability. Rosenquist describes his body of work at this time as paintings consisting of nothing but colour and fog - he claims a reckless approach that is cathartic for him rather than intentional. Freed expresses great familiarity with his painting, perhaps linked to her own history with the medium and keenly pushes her subject to reveal more about his process than it seems he anticipated. This initial interview in Freed’s series of encounters offers an intimate glimpse of the chaos, anticipation and excitement as an artist prepares for a major show - it set the precedent for her further exploration of artists working at the time.

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