|I ATEN'T DEAD
||[Apr. 4th, 2015|10:09 pm]
I've been busy lately, with both pleasure (D. has, for reasons of his own, been staying with us twice in the space of ten days, with a trip home in between) and business (several clients simultaneously announcing sizable projects which needed to be added to their websites).
I did find time for a brief visit to the DLI for an exhibition of Paolozzi screenprints called General Dynamic F.U.N. "Here," says the programme, "Paolozzi makes brilliant use of the technologies of mass-reproduction – the household names and familiar faces of consumer advertising, high fashion and Hollywood." Fifty prints hung around a bright white room, not as large as I had imagined (I'd anticipated something poster-sized, I suppose, but presumably the dimensions are those of the printing screen), some of a single bold image, some a kaleidoscopic collage of detail, all reflecting the lighting and each other in a way that would normally have irritated me but here seemed appropriate:
F.U.M. seemed about right: I thought the artist must have had great fun assembling all these raw materials, the cars and the film stars and the confectionery wrappers, and sorting them into the final images must have been fun, too. I wished I could have joined in that process, or failing that, have walked round the exhibition with someone who had, and played the game of 'do you recognise this?' and 'oh, I know where that came from...'