• medium Spray paint on cardboard
  • edition 1
  • size 39.37w x 17.72h in
  • created 1986
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COA: This work comes with a certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary
Additional Info: Executed half a decade following his 1979 Ionic Treatise Gothic Futurism Assassin Knowledges of the Remanipulated Square Point’s, the formal makeup of this piece by Rammellzee is a triumphant distillation of Gothic style, used to communicate Futurist cores. Within his influential essay, Rammellzee outlined its preceding period from 1974-1979 in New York as an era of emotional eruption, akin to a moment of war, during which knowledge was broadly unveiled by way of subconscious, bodily artistic impulses that reacted and evolved in the darkness of the underground. The currents of the street and subway that Rammellzee was evoking echoed Medieval constructs of rebellion that especially in the 1300s, rejected Greek and Roman classicism of man and woman, favoring the presentation of spontaneous lyrical impulses. The literary illuminations of the Limbourg brothers and the Sienese compositions of Simone Martini for instance draw attention to the genre of renegade motif layering that Rammellzee stressed in 1979, and in the text he references Old English manuscript. This piece in particular bridges a link between Gothic subversion, and Rammellzee’s attempt to characterize the atmosphere of his own metropolitan surroundings. Moreover, his personification of mass transit itself, into a so-called “blood system”, in the 1979 treatise contextualizes his circa 1986 presentation of previous Futurist concepts on a field of sprayed, golden fire tone accented with spots of sanguine red and deep orange. 17.72 x 39.37 in. (45 x 100 cm.)
Frame: 24.29 x 46.18 x 1.57 in. (61.7 x 117.3 x 4 cm.)
The La Placa Family, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
Private Collection, France