James Rosenquist

Where the Water Goes

1989

Artist
James Rosenquist 1933 – 2017
Medium
Paper, acrylic paint, dye and lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 2611 × 1473 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Tyler Graphics Ltd in honour of Pat Gilmour, Tate Print Department 1974-7, 2004
Reference
P12237

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When working as a sign painter, Rosenquist’s job was to enlarge artwork for adverts to the size of billboards. This made him look at pictures differently: ‘I would take disparate images, put them together and try to make another sense out of them. It was almost like the idea of listening to radio and thinking about something in the abstract.’ Where the Water Goes is similarly constructed from a variety of separate sources. Cut-out shapes suggestive of human hair or waste are funnelled into a drainage pipe which extends out into the cosmos.

Gallery label, January 2022

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