A Japanese print by Toyokuni which Lakich bought in Tokyo
in 1984 while installing an exhibition at the Seiko Museum sparked her interest
in the form of a hunched ghost figure. But she felt that to use the Japanese
figure would be cultural poaching; when she saw the photo of Chuck Berry several
years later, it provided the subject.
up the two-dimensional surface, recomposing it and incorporating an existing
object was a construction technique that she had used earlier on a larger
scale in Drive-In. The surprisingly intense values of pastel light
in vertical swiggles paying off the metal’s high relief create a figure
of compressed vitality.
of Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1987
Aluminum, copper, brass, guitar, glass tubing with argon and neon gases
92 x 68 x 32 in (234 x 173 x 81 cm)
Japanese print by Toyokuni was the inspiration for the Chuck Berry figure.