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Creator:
Paolozzi, Eduardo, 1924-2005, artist.
Title:
Moonstrips empire news : volume 1 / introductory text by Christopher Finch ; screenprinted by Kelpra Studio, London.
Published/Created:
London : Editions Alecto, 1967.
Physical Description:
[100] sheets : screenprints ; 38 x 26 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2014 15
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Notes:
The work was conceived as a giant file of text- and image-collages from the artist's huge collection, a "terrestrial image bank" related not just to one work of art but to many paths of human activity. One hundred prints are boxed in a formed acrylic container. Each viewer is invited to "edit" the book by experimenting with various arrangements of the sheets in the box. The box came in three colors: bright yellow, bright green, and day-glo pink. The images include movie strips and stills, scientific, industrial, weather, and news photography, art reproductions, graphs, pattern papers, Disney cartoons, and advertising slogans.
"It should not be imagined that Moonstrips is an entirely random product; it is, rather, a complex mechanism in which choice and chance are pitted against one another. Images are organised sometimes by class--visual or linguistic; sometimes by a process random or simply convenient. The fact that the sheets are loose in their box transfers to the owner of Moonstrips the function of editor, but all the possible language patterns are predetermined by the conceptual decisions of the programmer."
On various papers including Centurian, Ferndown, Fibrex, Flexicover, Kenal and Soho cover boards, All British Cartridge and Astralux cast coated boards, and clear Acetate.
Selected exhibitions: "Just what is it that makes British Pop so different, so appealing?" (Yale Center for British Art, 12 Feb.-9 May, 2004).
Miles, R. Complete prints of Eduardo Paolozzi, 37
Sidey, T. Editions Alecto, 710-809
Miles, R. Complete prints of Eduardo Paolozzi, p. 25-27, 67
Kirkpatrick, D. Eduardo Paolozzi, p. 96-115, 133-134
BAC: British Art Center copy is no. 12, signed by the artist. In original day-glo pink acrylic box.
Subject Terms:
Collage, English.
Popular culture in art.
Form/Genre:
Collages (visual works)
Interactive art.
Screenprints -- 1967.
Contributors:
Finch, Christopher.
Kelpra Studio, printer.
Editions Alecto Ltd., publisher.
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