Jan Dibbets

Robin Redbreast's Territory/Sculpture 1969.

Jan Dibbets, Robin Redbreast's Territory/Sculpture, Alternate Projects


Roodborst territorium/Scupltuur 1969.
Robin Redbreast's Territory/Sculpture 1969.
Domaine d'un rouge-gorge/Sculpture 1969.
Rotkehlchenterritorium/Skulptur 1969
, 1970
Artist book. Pictorial wraps, offset-printed, black and white, 32 pp. First edition. The left pages of the book feature photographs and topographical surveys, alongside handwritten notes by the artist, rendered in English, Dutch, French and German on the right-hand pages. Koln, New York: Walther König and Seth Siegelaub.
7 1/4h x 4 3/4w in / 18.42h x 12.07w cm

$ 200.00

Robin Redbreast's Territory, Dibbets only artists' book, documents Dibbets’ 1969 installation in an Amsterdam park in which he observed and highlighted the movements of a robin through a series of photographs. After learning about the general habits of robins, Dibbets decided to extend the territory of one robin, setting new boundaries with poles that the bird would perch on; in this way, the robin participated in the artist's 'Drawing in Space'.

"At the beginning of March, 1969, I decided to change a robin's territory, so that the bird would fly and control my sculpture-drawing. This sculpture-drawing can never be seen in its entirety; only through its documentation can the viewer reconstruct its form in his mind. In order to achieve this -- I only suspected it was possible -- I read a number of books (among others: Robert Ardrey, The Territorial Imperative ... and David Lack, The Life of the Robin) ... until I had gathered sufficient insight into the possibilities …”

Jan Dibbets is a Dutch conceptual artist who gave up painting in 1967 and began creating ephemeral installations in nature which he would photograph.. The analysis of space, light, and the characteristics of perception are fundamental to Dibbet’s art. He uses photography as a transformative tool being more preoccupied with preserving the meaning of the work than capturing what the work actually looked like.