Ed Rossbach Slip Cover for a Computer 1969

  • MoMA, Floor 3, 3 North The Philip Johnson Galleries

Plastic bags, some initially intended for sandwich bread and groceries, are heat-bonded in Rossbach’s take on a patchwork quilting technique known as “crazy quilting.” Rossbach trained in painting and then in weaving and ceramics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he studied under textile artist Marianne Strengell. His experimental practice involving unexpected materials was guided by a core objective: “Nothing concealed—everything structural, and all the energy of the warps and wefts expressed as they appear as required on the surface.”

Gallery label from October 21, 2019–Spring 2020
the artist
Heat-bonded plastic
36 x 31 3/4" (91.5 x 80.6 cm)
NEA Architecture and Design Fund and Purchase
Object number
Architecture and Design

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