Peter Erik Frederiksen

Region: Midwest


City / State: Chicago, IL

 Nostalgia is being weaponized. The concept of the past as a “better time” is used as an aggressor and pushed out in fear of social progress. I’m using nostalgic 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 longed-for era in which they were created, these threats of danger are rendered in soft materials that emphasize their ridiculous nature.