Other Work on Paper
Grouped here are works on paper and a Rowlux piece that do not fall into this catalogue's other classifications of artworks or are considered sentimental gestures.
In 1968, Roy Lichtenstein was invited by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to participate in their experimental Art and Technology program. Curated by Maurice Tuchman, the project placed artists-in-residence with leading California-based industries and exhibited the results of their collaborations. Some of the visiting artists included Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Robert Whitman, and Lichtenstein.
In February 1969, Lichtenstein spent two weeks in residence at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. After touring Universal's film laboratories and special effects facilities he decided to make film loops of sky and water, projected on several screens in the gallery. Returning to New York, he filmed on Long Island, primarily in Montauk, working with independent filmmaker Joel Freedman. The resulting one-minute film loops collage footage of the sea and a tropical fish tank with a static Benday-dot pattern and still images of a blue sky, clouds and a seagull.
Of the originally planned fifteen or so film loops only four were completed, three of them were shown in different combinations.
The four known loops are (numbered randomly):
- Birds over Dots
- Dots over Water
- Sky with Clouds over Tropical Fish in Tank
- Bird over Water
Title Three Landscapes per a letter of recommendation by the artist for Joel Freedman, dated April 25, 1969 (RLF Archives). Dates reflect the premieres at the two 1970b Osaka Expo venues. Two screens (loops 1 and 2) were shown in Osaka, three screens (loops 1, 2 and 3) in Los Angeles.