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Los Angeles native Dennis Bredow examines and celebrates the tireless optimism of mid-twentieth century America in his retro-modern artwork. Using acrylic, serigraphy, and found object assemblage, he creates smart, streamlined pieces which bear the hallmarks of 1950’s craftsmanship and graphic design — offering a present-day revival of the exuberant ideals of a bygone era.
Bredow abandons traditional canvas supports in favor of solid birch panels, which allow for heavy distressing of the paint as well as the application of vintage advertisements, hardware, and other found materials. The finely crafted panels instill the paintings with a sturdy sense of permanence, while the application of multiple layers of distressed paint imparts to each piece a unique narrative of process and history.
Dennis explains his work by saying, “I’ve become sentimental about a time I never knew – longing to relive the charm and unrelenting optimism of mid-century America. My work is a modern view of a time gone by. A celebration and preservation of the images and icons of the 1950’s that I have grown to love. In my work I hope to capture that same pride of craftsmanship and idealism that prevailed in post-war America, while at the same time exposing some of the delightfully provocative values of the day.”