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Computer-Epoch

Accession Number
2000/2.11.8

Title
Computer-Epoch

Artist(s)
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date
1967

Medium & Support
screenprint on paper

Dimensions
40 3/16 in x 26 9/16 in (102.08 cm x 67.47 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick

Subject matter
As one of the founders of the Independent Group, Paolozzi was an early British Pop artist. This series of ten prints came after his travels in California, where he visited tourist sites like Disneyland, Frederick's of Hollywood, and Paramount Studios, as well as centers of technology: UC Computer Center, Standord's Linear Accelerator center, Douglas Aircraft Company and the GM Assembly Plant in Hayward. The combination of imagery from popular culture and the technological imagery of dot matrixes and circuit boards creates a stage in which art and science can be in dialogue.
The artist's inscription on this print refers to Professor Emerita, Diane M. Kirkpatrick, who was the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History of Art at the University of Michigan from 1968 to 2000. 

Physical Description
This print is in a series of colors: silver, black, three shades of purple, pink, tan, orange, and yellow. There are a series of bands with different background designs, mainly stripes, that are overlayed with shapes: triangles, hexagons, and trapezoids. At the base of the print, there is a pink band with text that reads: "COMPUTER - EPOCH. Another datum, the sound - integration of exactly 70 unimodulary equivalent flaite groups, linear operations with coefficients. A third element in theory is based on the dialectic of identity. The yes or no of the borderzone [sic.] developes an identical / transformation of information over the entire chains of cells. Ambivalence between optical isolation of form and openess in structuring while the stream of sub - atomic energy dribbles out. Each epoch is the static instantaneous picture of a process. This represents a / standstill of becoming not a static end, a condition of pluralism. / JUNE 1967" . Print is dedicated, signed and dated in pencil (l.r.) "For Diane Kirkpatrick -- Eduardo Paolozzi A/P 1967".

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
Pop (fine arts styles)
artists' proofs
circuit boards
portfolios (groups of works)
screen prints

4 Related Resources

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(Part of 4 Learning Collections)
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