Collage Exhibition Contemplates Aesthetic Horrors of the 70s

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.


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.

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

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