6 miles over vacation-landArtist(s)Sir Eduardo Paolozzi Artist NationalityBritish (modern)Object Creation Date1970Medium & Supportphotolithograph on paperDimensions
14 15/16 in x 10 in (38 cm x 25.4 cm)Credit LineGift of Professor Diane M. KirkpatrickSubject matter
Like many of his contemporaries, Paolozzi used new printing techniques as a way to engage with modern mass media's new visual culture. At the same time, the photomechanical process made the work look mechanically manufactured rather hand made, in the traditional artistic sense. Therefore, after he modified, transformed and assembled the source image(s), the medium would allow for a more uniform final image.
This print is one of a large series of 50 prints included in the 1970 portfolio, which was a second edition of the an earlier group of slightly-larger prints titled "Moonstrips Empire News." While the first series was stricktly produced as screenprints, this second series "General Dynamic F.U.N." includes works of photolithography, like this one. The themes seen in this portfolio are different in style and subject matter from other Pop works of the period, but engage with the images of a modern mass media, looking beyond just advertising and publicity images. Likewise, the title of the portfolio alludes to the General Dynamics Corporation, who was the manufacturer of the F-111 fighter used during the Vietnam War--the same one referenced in James Rosenquist monumental painting "F-111."Physical Description
This black and white photolithograph has one large image, a photograph of three men on a plane. In the background, the piots can be seen through the open cock-pit door. The three seated men where dark suits. One man's arm is only seen from behind. The other two men are visible to the camera and are both wearing eye glasses. The man on the left is holding a pen and gesturing at a model of a rocket he is holding in his left hand.Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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