Dane Lovett has painted still lifes of retro technology and house plants. What on earth could these two things have to do with one another?
Lovett paints seemingly-obsolete forms of audio and visual technology, such as vinyl, CD, and tape. He pairs these with stems of houseplants placed in jars of water. He combines music culture with the preservation of these house plants. This can represent the preservation of analog recording rather than digital (remember when TV wasn’t in HD?). The plants symbolize keeping this culture alive, even if only pieces of it.
Luckily, the indie fetishization of “retro” items has allowed for them to be (slowly but surely) conserved. Older technology is glamorized among the indie crowd.
Lovett’s new series does include one non-inanimate person—the bearded Rick Rubin, one of the most influential music producers of the past several decades. He is known for showcasing the quality of the musician, rather than over-producing their sound. Surely, this technique and mentality is dying out along with the rest of non-digital technology.
For more information on the artist, visit DaneLovett.com.