Monday, December 27, 2010

1965 Peter Max Panopticon Cars

Peter Max referred to this work as a panopticon, constructing his images from photographs, magazine illustrations, old engravings and decorative papers, pasting together only one segment of his intended composition which he then mechanically reproduced, mirror fashion over and over again to complete the circle or rectangle.

This print shows part of an automobile engine at the center and proceeds outward to a driver speeding so fast that he must resort to a parachute as a check, then on to other automobile parts and ultimately to a whirling profusion of cars.

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