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Rocky Mountain Adventure
2010
Digital printing on vintage postcards collage to wood panel
14.25 x 28 x 1.75 inches (36.2 x 71.1 x 4.4 cm)

Since the economic downturn of 2007/2008 and the bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler Corporations, I wanted to create a series of artworks that would be reminiscent of better days. The American automobile from 1950s thru the1970s was the product of a country that was enjoying immense industrial and economic prosperity. This was an era when the United States was efficiently linterinked with highways, and the automobile became a symbol of an individual s prosperity, freedom, and an expression of one s personality. Automotive design reached a zenith as car styles changed yearly and new models were often introduced for each segment of the population. In attempt to capture this spirit and examine this period, I have been investigating the role of the American automobile in United States culture.

In this mixed media collage, Rocky Mountain Adventures, I selected, coordinated, and arranged various postcards of Colorado that depicted scenes in the Rockies. The majority of the postcards shows winding roads through the mountains and illustrates the new routes to adventure that were being built. These roads opened up the country and enabled more Americans to travel to beautiful and far away destinations in their cars. To best capture the style and feel of the era, actual vintage postcards are used as a background. The postcards are examples of ones that might have been available to the automobile traveler to send back home to friends or family, or just to be kept as a souvenir to remind one of the trip and the majestic scenery. The image of the 1958 Cadillac convertible is an example of large touring automobile that would have taken such a trip in the high mountains. So the piece is meant as an imaginary trip in one of the most extravagant and luxurious examples of American automobiles through an area of the country offering spectacular scenic vistas.

Please note that there is no copyright notice in the actual artwork. The notice only appears on the photos of the artworks that I posted to my website.

Rocky Mountain Adventure