Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing emerged from a fascination with Sigmar Polke, Roy Lichtenstein, and Gerald Laing’s use of the Ben-Day dot in their paintings from the 1960s.
The formal convention—the smallest module of representation possible on a mass scale, used to facilitate the quick reproduction of images—addressed the subtle complexities of the emergent mass media landscape. Each artist’s practice employed the Ben-Day dot as a tactic to jeopardize the ease with which visual data was digested, and expose current conflict relayed by dramatic images and flashy advertisements juxtaposed on the pages of newspapers, magazines, and comic books.
This exhibition—opening Febraury 23rd to relaunch Lévy Gorvy’s remodelled London location—is particularly relevant to a contemporary audience, proposing methods by which one might redistribute, even redefine, content fed or filtered through mass media. Source and Stimulus will be accompanied by a catalogue comprised of dynamic contributions by renowned Pop Art experts Marco Livingstone and David E. Brauer.
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