Carnal Clock (1969)

A series of unique timepieces consisting of metal boxes, mounted on metal legs and feet, that measure 5 feet x 5 feet each. They feature a mirrored Plexiglas face composed of silkscreened photographs by Rauschenberg, which include genitals, animals, and other images characteristic of the artist. A timing mechanism switches electrical lights on and off at regular intervals. Behind the Plexiglas are two concentric rings of bulbs that illuminate the silkscreened imagery from behind and keep time. Brighter inner ring bulbs denote hours, while dimmer outer bulbs are minutes. At noon and midnight, the clocks are fully lit.

Audition (Carnal Clock), 1969
Audition (Carnal Clock)