Overby was a successful graphic designer who became known for his early 1970s rubber castings of architectural elements, which relate his work both to Pop art and Post-Minimalism. In a graphic equivalent of the rubber castings, Overby used the technique of frottage, or rubbing, to record the walls of a New York apartment in which he was staying in 1972. Unlike the Surrealists, who relied on the technique to generate strange patterns, Overby used it to create a detailed imprint of an actual surface.
Kitchen Wall No. 2 (from N.Y. b&w rubbings, 1-11 October 1972, series of 6)
Chalk on paper.
63 1/4 x 30 1/4 inches (160.7 x 76.8 cm)
Gift of the Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee.
Linda Burnham/Estate of Robert Overby; purchased from Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles.