Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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wallpaper roller, carved
  • Brion Gysin
    1916–1986
    born: Taplow, England, United Kingdom ; died: Paris, France
  • wallpaper roller, carved
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rubber, metal, plastic
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 26 x 20 x 4.8 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 1 7/8 in
  • Loaned by the Estate of William S. Burroughs
  • Not on display
  • L2004.002
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text
Exhibitions

Exhibition Label:
"Brion Gysin: A Selection of Books and Works on Paper," Feb-2005, Steve Goddard and Joanna Sternberg
This wallpaper roller, and others like it, was carved by Gysin so that it could be inked and used to roll out an endlessly repeating grid pattern. Gysin and Burroughs used these printed grids for The Third Mind and other projects. Burroughs continued to use Gysin’s rollers in his own works after Gysin’s death.