Its hard to say what defined the 70s. The Vietnam War? Swingers? Saturday Night Fever? According to artist David van Alphen, its more than that.
People associate disco with the 70s, but I think it is only a small part, says Alphen, who makes colorful collages featuring retro radios and 8-track players superimposed on the heads of hip couples in polyester rags.
Catch van Alphens latest montages during a Third Friday reception for his Welcome to Netherland exhibit at Perihelion Arts. Viewers adore the funky images van Alphen hand-cuts from old Playboy magazine ads, but theyre equally attracted to his vintage prices. Id rather sell everything for a little less than raise the price and only sell a few, he says. In the end, you end up making around the same amount, but you have your artwork in twice as many homes.