Of this print the artist said: “the subject matter in this work is seldom given its due in the annals of art history. But its importance cannot be understated”. This piece creates a play between volumetric and geometric shapes and forms, for example the cylindrical form of the roll against the flat square of a single sheet against the flat planes of the background images. The humor lies in the artist’s elegant treatment of a very, unsophisticated subject.
This suite is a continuation of the artist’s fascination with everyday objects found in his studio environment. He moved his studio from Broome Street to Greene Street in the center of the SoHo section of Manhattan in 1969. This suite focuses on scenes and objects in his Greene Street studio. The artist uses color and his sense of humor to make ordinary objects into images that are iconic– so that an ordinary roll of bathroom tissue, a toilet seat, and a toaster oven become something much more than they are in real life.