Dieter Roth is probably most famous for his artist’s books and the sculptures he fashioned from chocolate, cheese and other organic matter. But his career as an artist, composer and poet took many forms, some more conventional than others.
Slides are a rather conventional medium, you might argue. But when Roth decided to record his view of the Icelandic capital Reykajvik, he did so with an enthusiasm (or fascination) redolent of his desire to preserve ephemera in other works, amassing an epic 31,035 slides.
This monumental body of work (snaps of houses, cars, street views hallmarked by the pastel colours of a climate of sunshine and snow), go on display in London this week. The slides will be projected simultaneously on numerous projectors at the Hauser & Wirth London gallery.
The Swiss-German artist lived in Reykajvik for much of the latter half of his life. He conducted his comprehensive photographic survey of the city with the help of the artist Pal Magnusson and his two sons.
Dieter Roth Reykjavik Slides (31,035) Every View of a City is at Hauser & Wirth London, Savile Row from 17 March to 30 April 2011