Tate – 1960s Room

Date: December 8, 2017
Category Exhibition
Topic Pop Art & Found Footage
Location Tate Britain

Per advice from Steve we visited the 1960’s gallery of the Tate Britain with the intention fo viewing works by Joe Tilson and Mark Leckey.

Joe Tilson

Tilson’s work was a series of pop art posters created in the 1960s. The posters depicted controversial figures such as Malcolm X.

Not motivated directly, but rather each piece requires knowledge of people, places, and events. Tilson is able to use unofficial language to communicate his ideas within the official form of a poster.

From visible signs – Disorder is unlimited, therefore it can appear dangerous and provocative. → I believe this is one of the tools Tilson is using

As a group of posters they represent a collective history with Tilson and London at the center. The multiple cultures (chinese, British, American, etc.) allow different values to be attached to each poster. I felt attached to the post of Malcolm X, but I could see other visitors transfixed by other pieces.

Mark Leckey

Leckey’s work is a sort of video biography of his life using footage that he has found (as opposed to videos he recorded himself). I believe he takes queues from William Burroughs, an American artist, writer, and filmmaker.

Leckey plays with scale, focus, texture and repetition. He also uses distortion to make the real look unreal and the unreal look real. I prefer the moments of repetitive slightly changing movements. Leckey would do this and each time the imagery would repeat he might change the sound or the speed of playback.


I like the idea of found footage and of using disorder as a tool to bring attention to a certain subject. Both artists give me ideas for my work going forward.

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