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Temporary Variations in Experienced Type

Accession Number
2000/2.14.29

Title
Temporary Variations in Experienced Type

Artist(s)
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi

Artist Nationality
British (modern)

Object Creation Date
1970

Medium & Support
photolithograph on paper

Dimensions
14 15/16 in x 10 in (38 cm x 25.4 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Diane M. Kirkpatrick

Subject 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."

As part of this satirical look at contemproary American culture, it is likely that this work reflects the racially charged atmosphere that resulted in the Civil Rights Movement. The term "type" in the title suggests categorization and the text makes allusions to this theme. Here, the gorrilla stands in as a representation of a stereotyped Black man. The armed White boy, shoots out, even though his mother tries to curb his violence in vain.

Physical Description
This black and white photolithograph shows two images and a large block of typed text. In the top left, there is an image of a gorilla. In the bottom right, there is an image of a woman and a boy in a car. The boy is holding a gun and pointing it out the back window of the car, while the woman pulls at the boy's arm. The text starts under the image of the gorilla and continues again at the top right. The long passage of text begins: "In the clothing of a man who standing in the background is added. This produces from the foreground figure, thought one of the seated figures...".

Primary Object Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Gorilla (genus)
Pop (fine arts styles)
boys
firearms
portfolios (groups of works)
typefaces (type forms)
women (female humans)

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