Phase 11: Isomorphics

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.

Surface:

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. 

“Surface (wall hanging scroll),” installation view, vinyl lettering on printed acetate, and photocopy and colored pencil on paper, 24” x 213 ½”, displayed at Media Gallery, San Jose, 1987 Photograph copyright Martin Cox.
“Surface (wall hanging),” installation view, vinyl lettering on printed acetate, and photocopy and colored pencil on paper, 24” x 213 ½”, displayed at Media Gallery, San Jose, 1987. Photograph copyright Martin Cox.

 

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Surface (artist book), detail (“Overlay”)” labels and colored pencil on photocopy paper, 24” x 213 ½”, 1981.

Chelate:

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).

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“Chelate (artist book)”, detail (The Fangs Of Love), photocopy and colored pencil on paper with collaged printed acetate in binder with acetate cover, 17 ½” x 11 ½”, 1981.

A Calculation of the Remainder:

Combines the Objects On My Dresser images with printouts of mathematical calculations and addresses a murder that occurred in Berkeley.

 

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