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James Rosenquist, "F-111," 1964-65
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- What genre would this piece be considered to be a part of?(11 votes)
- What techniques and materials did Rosenquist use for this piece?(3 votes)
- At1:37it shows the info from MoMA - Oil on canvas with aluminum(3 votes)
- Were the ideas he went over all of the "multiplicity of ideas that caused its existence", or were there others as well?(2 votes)
- There were probably others. Most artists don't have all of a piece's ideas in a minute and a half. However, I don't know how to confirm my answer, but I tried my best to answer your question.(2 votes)
- Would it be possible to expand what can be posted in the "Questions" section? Some people make statements that actually contribute to a discussion of the material presented, even though there's no "question mark". Then some other folks seem to derive great pleasure from commenting, "Please put this in Tips and Thanks." Comments which are not just "gee whiz! Thank you! or That was nice., etc" should be allowed in the main section. I don't do this myself, but some of the "non-questions" promote great conversations, and the "Tips and Thanks Nazis" become highly annoying. Thank you.(1 vote)
- OK, I'll plead guilty to frequently being a "tips and thanks" Nazi. A way of dealing with the "problem" is either for me to change my responses, OR to post the very interesting statements and discussions along with a little tag at the end, "what does everyone else think?" But, your idea that a third category should be created has merit.(1 vote)
- Rosenquist seems to have a fairly libertarian mindset on taxes and seems to put a lot of politics into his work. Does he have a history with any political activism or party?(1 vote)
Voiceover: I painted the F-111 in 1964. F-111 was the latest American Fighter Bomber in the planning stage. Its mission seemed obsolete before it was finished. It seemed the prime [forest] of this war machine was to economically keep people employed in Texas and Long Island. At the time, I thought people involved in it's making were headed for something but I didn't know what. By doing this, they could achieved two and a half children, three and a half cars, and a house in the suburbs. In the painting I incorporated orange spaghetti, cake, light bulbs, flowers and many other things. It felt to me like a plane flying through the flack of an economy. The little girl was the pilot under a hair dryer. The swimmer gulping air was like searching for air during an atomic holocaust. I had heard that the Chinese had originally invented income taxes as a donation to static community. Now that taxes were in demand, I thought if I sold this painting the joke would be that the buyer had already bought a real F-111 with his taxes. I was concerned with peripheral vision. I wanted to specify that whenever one looked at would exist because of the peripheral vision that extends from the corner of the eye. Thus one would question, one's own self-consciousness. In the 1960s the painting was critically taken as an anti-work protest but there were a multiplicity of ideas that caused its existence.