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FREE Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition at Granary Gallery 27 July - 26 Aug

Fri 20 Jul

BERWICK VISUAL ARTS PRESENTS POP ART PIONEER EXHIBITION AT GRANARY GALLARY

Newly-formed initiative to launch first official exhibition with screen-prints from Scotland-born Eduardo Paolozzi by arrangement with Hayward Touring

On Friday July 27, a new Hayward Touring exhibition of screen-prints by Eduardo Paolozzi entitled “General Dynamic F.U.N” will open at The Granary Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed as part of a national tour.

The exhibition is the first official exhibition presented by the recently-formed entity Berwick Visual Arts, managed by The Maltings Theatre & Cinema in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland with funding from Arts Council England.

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005) was one of the pioneers of the pop art movement in the UK. He was a compulsive collector and a jumbler of icons, and 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.

Paolozzi was born in Edinburgh, the first child of Italian immigrants who ran a confectionary and ice-cream shop in Leith. Working after school in his parents’ shop, Paolozzi used sweet wrappers as drawing paper and stockpiled a large collection of movie posters, cigarettes cards, and magazines – which he would trace or cut up and paste into scrapbooks. He studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and at the Slade, in Oxford and London, between 1944 and 1947.

Paolozzi's canny alchemy is vividly apparent in General Dynamic F.U.N, a series of 50 screen-prints 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 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.

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”.

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”.

The free exhibition will take place at The Granary Gallery, Dewar’s Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1HJ from 27 July to 26 August, every Wednesday to Sunday from 11am-5pm. Admission is free.

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