The Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Upper Space gallery will show graphic works taken from Paolozzi’s series BUNK, Zero Energy Experimental Pile, Moonstrip Empire News and General Dynamic F.U.N..
Throughout his life Paolozzi documented his fascination with US popular culture in scrapbooks, with images cut out and collaged largely from American comics and publications, many of high feature ads, films, toys and packaging. These images were then used to make the series of prints.
The series of prints use glamorous images of models, domestic appliances and cars, for example, to explore ‘man’s skewed relationship with technology, production, consumption and waste’ the gallery says.
General Dynamic F.U.N.draws on images from Hollywood and advertising to critique mass culture, capitalism and our daily interactions with visual media.
While, what the gallery terms ‘he boldest of Paolozzi’s series’, Zero Energy Experimental Pile (1969–70) consists of six hallucinogenic screenprints including images of pin-up girls, robots, airplanes, rockets and astronauts. The series was created at the height of the Cold War and takes its name from a nuclear reactor in Ontario.
Eduardo Paolozzi is at the Upper Space, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, from March 12 to June 16, 2016. Details here
Lead image: Eduardo Paolozzi, Decency and Decorum in Production from General Dynamic F.U.N., 1965-70. Courtesy YSP © The Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation