Never seen before works of British artist Eduardo Paolozzi are being displayed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park's gallery. In an exhibition titled ‘Upper Space,' Paolozzi’s politically charged printed pop art works from the 60s and 70s will finally be revealed.
Keeping with the theme of animation – KAW’s sculptures that are currently taking over the park itself – Paolozzi’s similarly abstract and surreal vision is being explored indoors. The vibrant collection from the artist features a psychedelic medley of war paraphernalia, Hollywood icons, robotics and animals, all of which have been pixelated to form his graphic posters.
All the featured forms arrive from Paolozzi's super scrapbook, itself installed in ‘Upper Space.’ Made up of cutouts from American publications and comics, the scrapbook reveals his interest in US pop culture and post-war effects on the country from a young age.
We notice this flurry of juxtaposing pictures transformed into his cubist, outlandish art. The kaleidoscopic Hollywood Wax Museum and Human Fate And World Powers are both from the From Zero Energy Experimental Pile series featuring similar images of brains alongside robots (and one containing a small shot of Marilyn Monroe). These appear more political than the slightly less disorientating patchwork print King Kong King Kong From Moonstrips Empire News.
'All human experience is just one big collage,' Eduardo Paolozzi said in 1984, echoing the amalgamation of the diverse imagery here that is slightly overwhelming to the eye, yet energetically fun.
Upper Space’ remains on show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park till 12 June – the same time KAW’s towering cartoons are set to come down – marking an end to the spendid whimsical play at the Park.