Angelo Blanda : Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come

“Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come,” the new exhibition from Angelo Blanda, is primarily inspired by the mid 1970s industrial and commercial design of his childhood. The use of static figurative representations, and the cache of everyday objects that inhabit their world are the prominent focus, and these cultural signifiers are played with heavily in the work. The life cycle of these objects and icons are examined, from their initial elevation, to their inevitable rejection, and on to their status as representations of an idealized past. The questioning of this process, and whether such images are to be thought of as beloved, benign, or poison, is what is ultimately posed.

The life cycle of these objects and icons are examined, from their initial elevation, to their inevitable rejection, and on to their status as representations of an idealized past. The questioning of this process, and whether such images are to be thought of as beloved, benign, or poison, is what is ultimately posed.

“The idea of looking backward, the act of cultural myth creation and the glorification of one’s past, is something I find myself thinking about quite often. The comfort the past brings, while simultaneously feeling stifled by it, versus the thrill of the future, and what it may bring. Ultimately it’s the dichotomy of these two halves, and where the two meet, that I find interest in.”

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