James Rosenquist, Skull Snap, 1989. © James Rosenquist/VAGA, New York and DACS, London 2018

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James Rosenquist and Allora & Calzadilla

Time Door Time D’Or

James Rosenquist, Time Door Time D’Or  1989

The prints in this series were made using a mix of techniques, including sprayed paper pulp and collage. When he worked 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.’

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James Rosenquist, Skull Snap  1989

Like the other prints in Rosenquist’s Welcome to the Water Planet series, this work combines coloured paper pulp and collaged elements, printed using the lithographic process onto handmade paper sheets. Skull Snap also includes an overlaid image printed in relief. It is the design on the US one-cent coin, featuring the profile of President Abraham Lincoln and the motto ‘In God We Trust’. Here, magnified and stylised, it resembles a topographic map. This hints at the dollar as a global, or even cosmic, power.

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Jennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla, Ten minute transmission  2003

This work was inspired by artist Alexander Calder’s suspended sculptures, or mobiles. Another influence was Russian artist and architect Vladimir Tatlin’s unrealised design, Monument to the Third International 1919, a tower with a rotating radio station at the top.

The title of this work, Ten Minute Transmission refers to the period of time when the International Space Station (ISS) can be contacted via radio as it flies past. The ISS orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, but passes close enough to the antenna just twice a day. Usually the radio only picks up sounds of encrypted data packets sent back to Earth from the station. Two-way voice communication with the astronauts is now rare and needs to be requested in advance.

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Time Door Time D’Or
James Rosenquist Time Door Time D’Or 1989
Skull Snap
James Rosenquist Skull Snap 1989

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Jennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla Ten minute transmission 2003