Objects On My Dresser, Phase 11: Isomorphics consists of three ambitious collage works – Surface, Chelate, and A Calculation of the Remainder. These have been presented in a variety of formats, including as wall-hanging scrolls and artist books.
In the first of the Isomorphics series, Rapoport merged enlarged scientific figures from UC Berkeley Professor of Chemistry Gabor Somorjai’s Surface Science with images from Objects On My Dresser, including a photograph of Countess Castiglione, c. 1860, by Adolphe Braun. It makes use of multiple layers of transparency, and is presented with audio of interviews and discussions related to Rapoport’s research into Surface Chemistry.
Chelate is rendered on continuous feed computer paper printed with research on using the chemical process chelation to treat radiation sickness. This is overlaid with photocopies of images from Objects On My Dresser, which are each then matched with acetate transparencies of diagrams from Rapoport’s mentor, Erle Loran’s Formalist book, Cezanne’s Compositions (UC Press, Edition 1947).
A Calculation of the Remainder:
A Calculation of the Remainder combines Objects On My Dresser images with printouts of mathematical calculations, artworks by Rapoport’s friend, the artist Harold Paris, and newspaper stories about the 1980 murder of Rapoport’s neighbor, Mark Walsh.
A Calculation of the Remainder, 1981. Photocopy and colored pencil on paper, 8.5″ x 11″.