A compulsive collector, a jumbler of icons and a pioneer of Pop, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) 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. The prints 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’. For Paolozzi, the modern age, exposed as ephemera, is a necessary fragmented collision of visual stimulus and influence, and his work is a health warning for an uncreative and thriftless society.
A Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London
Image credit: Eduardo Paolozzi, An Empire of Silly Statistics…A Fake War for Public Relations