Cawood(sears)If you’re in the downtown area in the next month and want to experience a blast from the past, this exhibition is on at Neutral Ground (203-1856 Scarth). It’s by Regina artist Jason Cawood, and consists of a video loop of over 500 images culled from different media sources (magazines, government pamphlets, advertising and more) from the 1960s-1980s.

In addition to offering a fascinating, and often cringe-inducing, insight into the fads, fashions and social mores of that by-gone era, the images also serve as critique of issues tied to representation and identity, be it masculine, feminine, queer, or visible minority.

That’s one of the images posted above, and you can find another after the jump.¬†Decades¬†is on at Neutral Ground until April 30.¬†


Author: Gregory Beatty

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4 thoughts on “Decades”

  1. Wow, so much to deconstruct about the top photo there – Two handsome men, one with iconic gay moustache, leaning in for a knowing chuckle, while “A” type’s oblivious hetero life partner beams in the ‘background’, wall art at left suggesting a little ‘play’, at say, oh, a game of ‘darts’, wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more…

    Can’t wait to see this. I’ve rummaged thru old Life and Saturday Night magazines myself at the Antiques Mall for old, mostly 60s and very early 70s advertising art.


  2. that is from either the sears wishbook or the eatons catalogue.
    featuring the two colours that were always available…tan or navy.

  3. I remember a lot of “swank lifestyle” ads from that era promoting different cigarette brands too.

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