I Want to be a Machine at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art/Modern Two reveals how a fascination for machines and mechanical processes inspired the work of both Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi. The title is a quote by Andy Warhol in a 1963 interview in which he spoke of his desire to create art which reflected and celebrated an increasingly mechanised, industrial society. At the same time, across the Atlantic Eduardo Paolozzi was also responding to the beauty he found in machine forms, fascinated by the interface between man and machine in robots, computers and electronic storage of knowledge. Both artists also drew inspiration from popular and commercial imagery in packaging, movies and advertising which exploded in the post- WWII consumer boom.
Image: Eduardo paolozzi (1924–2005), ‘Metallisation of a dream’, 1963,
Print, screenprint on paper, collection: National Galleries of Scotland, bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller 1995 © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation, licensed by DACS 2018 (Scottish National gallery of Modern Art/Modern Two)