Peter Frederiksen

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Peter Frederiksen

Nostalgia is being weaponized. The concept of the past and a “better time” is used as an aggressor by some in power wearing rose-colored glasses and pushed out in fear of social progress. I’m using imagery popularized in the “Golden Age” of cartoons to show violence in art, as well as art AS violence: Wile E. Coyote painting a tunnel on the side of a wall, meant to capture and kill the Road Runner; a piano dangling from a fraying rope waiting to fall on an unsuspecting victim; a note in a song rigged to explode when played correctly. Drawing a parallel between these violent images and the nostalgic era in which they were created, these threats of danger rendered in soft materials emphasize their ridiculous nature.






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