Richard Hamilton Room

(Work in progress)

Richard Hamilton (1922 – 2011) was regarded the first ever Artist among the Pop Art movement despite him not wanting to be referred as one. He was well known for creating “This is tomorrow” at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London for an exhibition in 1954.

Despite his contribution with the Pop Art movement, he was a member of the Independent Group. It was formed in the 1950’s by a group of artists and writers at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

The pieces represent consumerism and the Post War boom era of the 1950’s that he achieved by cutting out magazines and piecing them together to produce the importance and discoveries of that decade. One of his contributions to the exhibition was the collage above ‘’Just what is it that makes today’s home’s so different, so appealing?’ titled after a caption in an illustration from the cast-off trimmings from magazines.

He created this with the same media as his title, so he was able to showcase the popular culture and appliances of that era, due to having no advanced technology to find images and it being the only accessible way to present it. The collage shows a domestic interior complete with armchairs, coffee tables and several other items he had initially typed out lists of categories he planned to incorporate in his composition.

Richard Hamilton ‘Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different?’, 1992 © The estate of Richard Hamilton

As its title indicates, this print is an upgraded version of an earlier image, already itself a remake. In 1992 Hamilton created an edition of colour facsimiles of the 1956 collage, printed by LaserJet, altering the title to reflect on a retrospective view of the past. Just what was it that made yesterday’s homes so different, so appealing?

Both collages shows a domestic interior complete with armchairs, coffee tables and several other items he had initially typed out lists of categories he planned to incorporate in his compositions.

What I find interesting about his creations is the evolution that can be visionally seen throughout the decades. The upgraded version is more spacious, technology is blooming in ever area of the piece despite the same cateogries and issues are being presented like the previous.

Interactive Room

My assignment involved using Richard Hamilton’s work to produce an inspired piece from his famous ‘’Just what is it that makes today’s home’s so different, so appealing?’’

I began with observing Hamilton’s work and using the categories that he had represented in his collage to list. This would work as guidance to find images and news that would help me fill my room.

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The red-asterisked ones were redeemed as the most important and ones that should be included within the composition. Seen below I have also began to brainstorm further with ideas to research into.

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Using digital applications such as Photoshop, with a template I began to gradually build my room in layers. Beginning with the walls and flooring was the most sensible to include first to make sure the perspective was aligned and correct.

Below are images from my final design, based around mid 2015 – 2016. Most of the events I have tried to keep between this time frame such as using websites such as BBC to research current issues.