Claes OLDENBURGGEMINI G.E.L., Geometric mouse, scale C Enlarge 1 /4
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Sweden born 1929


  • United States of America from 1930


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Geometric mouse, scale C 1971 Title Notes: 010-001
Place made: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: multiples, black anodised aluminium, chain, steel spring expansion pins, rivets Impression: 24/120
Edition: edition of 120 plus 3 artist's copies, 3 printer's copies
Publisher: GEMINI G.E.L.
Place Published: Los Angeles
Date Published: 1971

Edition Notes: The Geometric Mouse is profiled from 1/8" aluminum and given a hard black anodized matte finish. To hold the "ears" and "nose" of the moveable three-dimensional object in any rotational position, a miniature multi-disk clutch was designed. The friction between the face surfaces of the machined disks are preset during the assembly operation before the sealing of the hinge. To fix the hinging positions of the "ears" and "nose", a spring steel expansion pin is used. The pin is compressed as it is pressed into place. The resulting tension loads the hinge and gives it stability. A similar device is used to hold the "windows" in any given position. The hard anodized finish on all the parts provides for highly wear-resistant surfaces, thus assuring long life for all the hinges and fittings. All jigs, molds and tooling have been destroyed. The signature, edition, number, chop and copyright are on the disk attached to the chain. Collaboration with Kenneth Tyler and Jeff Sanders, assisted by Lou Faibish and Frank Doose.
Primary Insc: signed on disc attached to chain, engraved inscription "CO."; dated on outer edge of disc attached to chain, engraved inscription "1971"
Secondary Insc: numbered on disc attached to chain, engraved inscription "24/120"
Tertiary Insc: copyright, artist's and workshop chopmark on outer edge of disc attached to chain "© 1971 Claes Oldenburg. Produced by Gemini G.E.L. [Gemini G.E.L. symbol]"
Dimensions: 63.0 h x 52.4 w cm chain length 34.0 h cm each 22.7 diameter
Cat Raisonné: Gemini G.E.L. cat. 281
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1973
Accession No: NGA 73.1137
Image rights: © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen