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Piles and Pits, from “Earth Projects, A Suite of 10 Prints”

Robert Morris

Artwork Details

Piles and Pits, from “Earth Projects, A Suite of 10 Prints”
Robert Morris
lithograph on Rives BFK Paper
30 in x 22 1/8 in (76.2 cm x 56.2 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Manoogian

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Gallery Rotation Spring/Summer 2011
Robert Morris
United States, born 1931
Piles and Pits, from the portfolio Earth Projects
Lithograph on wove paper
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Manoogian, 1973/1.248

Subject Matter:

This print is one of a series of ten works in a portfolio titled, "Earth Projects." They were pulled in the Detroit Workshop at the Common Ground of the Arts in Detroit during the summer and fall of 1969. Robert Morris stated, "They are organized around certain phenomena that can best be experienced outside... dust storms, earthquakes, plowed fields, sudden changes of temperature, Indian mounds, concrete dams, formal gardens, steam rising from city streets, natural disasters and aftermath, suburban hedges and gravel paths, burning industrial wastes storage dumps of vast quantities of materials...most of the projects would, if built, be of such a scale that the whole of the work could not be seen. This would allow the body [to explore the work] through walking rather than through an instantaneous visual impression." The immense scale of these projects often meant that the work’s overall structure or shape would be visible to the spectator only from a distance, while the experience in greater proximity to the work would necessarily be only partial.

Physical Description:

This lithograph on white wove paper is horizontally oriented with a grid of light gray lines on a white background. On the left side is a yellow and green contour map with a red rectangle, at an angle, in the center portion of the map. On the right side there are diagrams connected by vertical lines. On the bottom there are cross section plans for a pit in the ground and a pile of rocks in water. Above these is a small contour map. There are word labels throughout this work.

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