Collage Exhibition Contemplates Aesthetic Horrors of the 70sS

Funny how electronics of the 70s were better dressed than the people who used them, no? Mixed-media artist David "Netherland" van Alphen tackles the decade's blighted fashions and obsession with sound in a new show at San Francisco's Gallery 1988.

Collage Exhibition Contemplates Aesthetic Horrors of the 70sS

Netherland's showing, entitled "Raised on Hi-Fi," is visually rich, highlighting the mixed bag of 70s visuals with a series of grotesque human/Hi-Fi equipment hybrid beings, each melded with colorful retro kitsch.

Collage Exhibition Contemplates Aesthetic Horrors of the 70sS

Whether the approach is nostalgic or critical is up for interpretation—though the gorgeous woodgrain equipment and polyester nearly cancel out. [Gallery 1988]