Life would be more difficult if you had an old hi-fi, a Brownie Swinger, or a twelve-inch color television for a head. Youd probably bump into things a lot. And people would stare. But, if you were lucky enough to be depicted in a groovy acrylic, wood, and resin photo collage by artist David Netherland van Alphen, it might be worth the inconvenience.
In Plaid and Twill, the Chicago-based artist combines swingy imagery lifted from print ads and department store catalogs of the 1970s, grafting them together to create crazy tableaux. Most depict men modeling garishly plaid poly-blend fashions, whose heads have been replaced by faux-wood-paneled TVs and stereo receivers from the appliances section of the J.C. Penney Christmas catalog. Its big fun for fans of Dacron sweater vests and Tartan trousers.