Getting to know Eduardo 05 May 2017
On the latest of the design team’s cultural outings we gathered together our creative baggage and headed out to the Whitechapel Gallery on the edge of The City to see the Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition.
Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) was one of the most innovative British artisits of his generation and pushed the boundaries of contemporary sculpture, textile, ceramic, collage and print crafts. His most well known public piece of art in the UK was to be found at Tottenham Court Road Underground station in the form of a vast sprawling multi coloured mural which danced overhead across the Central Line platform and interchanges. These murals are now being renovated and reconstructed in Paolozzi’s home city of Edinburgh before once again going on display to the public. These works however only give a small view into the vast creative output and talent of this progressive ideas man.
A recurring theme in Paolozzi’s work during the sixties is the combination of man and machine which can be seen in his sculpture and vivid screen prints. The sculptural pieces were pioneering in the art world by their use of concrete to reflect the modern world in a raw and brutalist style. Produced at the same time and in direct contrast to his sculpture a series of screen prints burst with bright colours and metallic inks. The process involved layering up multiple inked plates to create intricate, bold and inspiring images which sit comfortably in the Pop Art bracket.
During the eighties Paolozzi experimented in sculpture and the process of making. He would copy and recast artworks in plaster, then assemble them into new forms, destroy them and then again reassemble them before casting the whole creation in bronze. The whole point was that the “art” is in the creative process of the making and that the final piece was irrelevant. These are very modern concepts of art and something that younger artists would go on to build upon in contemporary art across the world.
Following our highbrow outing we decided to keep things real by heading straight to Poppies Fish & Chips shop in Spitalfields to process all these concepts over mushy peas and a pint.
Recommended by Living Group this exhibition runs from 16 February – 14 May 2017 at The Whitechapel Gallery, London