Lucas Mongiello highlights in his collection entitled “20/20” the fascination of preservation of childhood and our cultural icons. Stacked neatly and sealed shut in a glass container, Mongiello’s art illustrates the love of our illustrated cultural cues. I can already spot the Catwoman figure I had as a young’un wedged below and between other loveable characters like Fred from Scooby-Doo, the Red Power Ranger and Sailor Mars straddling the top of the pyramid, of course.
This is an interesting concept, the one of preservation. What is really being preserved here? Collectable items are purchased and traded among children and adults for the sake of preserving either their innocence as children or the collection they have created. Adults lean toward these two ideas more than actual kids. Kids today don’t really know of the wonder that is the Red Power Ranger or just how awesome Chewbacca is but the fascination behind toys remains nonetheless. Whether the intent is to show nostalgia, preservation or the notion of childhood innocence, the very core of these displays demonstrates how important it is to éclat. That these items are for show and their fate may remain just that.
By: Sarah MacDonald