The Opti-Can Royale
metal multiple with a Fresnel lens system, a light bulb, and set of six photographs on either side of three cards and two blank card inserts, 1977, with the artists' incised signature on the reverse, numbered 14/55 (there were also twelve artist's copies), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, with their copyright information on a label on the reverse
Overall: 1912 x 858 x 858 in. (495 x 220 x 220 mm.)
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Gemini G.E.L. notes that: There were 6 initial images: 1. the Berlin Wall, 2. the Berlin Wall, 3. a girl with a horse, 4. the last of the California Stone Age Yahi Indians, 5. Brazilian Indian extermination, 6. German civilians circa 1940. Each set was initially issued with the 6 photo insert images and 2 blank insert cards. Additional inserts were conceived to be mailed to owners of Opti-Can Royale.
Openings were hand-cut in a tin can. Components were then assembled and soldered onto the can. Knobs were cemented into place and the base, light fixture, and cord were attached. A printed and engraved brass tag was signed and numbered by the artist and attached to each sculpture prior to the artist's hand-application of the epoxy resin.

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