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 colourful retro kitsch.

Whether the approach is nostalgic or critical is up for interpretation, though the gorgeous wood-grain equipment and polyester nearly cancel out. [Gallery 1988]

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