Plaid and Subtract

Life would be more difficult if you had an old hi-fi, a Polaroid Swinger, or a twelve-inch color television for a head. You’d 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 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 Most depict men modeling garishly plaid poly-blend fashions, whose heads have been replaced by faux-wood-paneled TVs and stereo receivers from the appliances section of the J.C. Penney Christmas catalog. It’s big fun for fans of Dacron sweater vests and Tartan trousers.

Wednesdays-Saturdays; Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 8. Continues through May 29, 2010
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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