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Eduardo Paolozzi General Dynamic F.U.N.

A Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition from The Southbank Centre, London

An Empire of Silly Statistics… A Fake War for Public Relations © The Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS

16 October – 10 December 2021

A new Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition of screen-prints by Eduardo Paolozzi will open at The Point as part of a national tour.

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) was one of the pioneers of the pop art movement in the UK. Born in Scotland, Paolozzi was a compulsive collector and a jumbler of icons. He is equally revered for his mechanistic sculptures and his kaleidoscopic print projects. The artist, who described himself as ‘a wizard in Toytown’, transformed the mundane, the derelict and the mass-produced into images that zap with electric eclecticism and impress with their graphic complexity. ‘Carrots into pomegranates!’

Paolozzi’s canny alchemy is vividly apparent in General Dynamic F.U.N, a series of fifty screenprints and photolithographs created between 1965 and 1970. Here Paolozzi employs the technologies of mass-reproduction and gorges on its idols – the household names and familiar faces of consumer advertising, high fashion and Hollywood. The artist’s friend and sometime collaborator, J.G. Ballard, described General Dynamic F.U.N as a ‘unique guidebook to the electric garden of our minds’.

The prints, which bear idiosyncratic titles such as Totems and Taboos of the Nine-to-Five Day; Twenty Traumatic Twinges and Cary Grant as a Male War Bride, do not occupy a rigid sequence but can be assembled and viewed in any order. For Paolozzi, the modern age, exposed as ephemera, is a necessarily fragmented collision of visual stimulus and influence, and his work is a ‘health warning for an uncreative and thriftless society’.


We are pleased to be offering in-person, teacher-led school visits to our gallery from Autumn 2021. Eduardo Paolozzi General Dynamic F.U.N. is perfect for those of you studying pop art, printing, collage or colour. Visit our learning page for more information and email amy@wearedarts.org.uk to book a free gallery visit for your pupils.

Main image: An Empire of Silly Statistics… A Fake War for Public Relations © The Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS

Images L-R: No Heroes Developed, Calling Radio Free America (General Dynamic F.U.N.) © The Paolozzi Foundation, Licensed by DACS

 

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