January 24, 2009 - March 28, 2009 // OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles
The Future Imaginary
Deborah Aschheim
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Nostalgia, 2009, plastic, copper, LED’s, incandescent, halogen,
xenon, compact fluorescent and reproduction Edison light bulbs, propellers, motors,
motion sensor, video, “N” scale railroad accessories.

I miss the way I used to think about the future.
Nostalgia is a distillation of longing for the old future. I was thinking about light, how
every ten years a new kind of lighting technology is hailed as “the lighting of the future.”
My memories of the future are bathed in specific light: yellow incandescent of childhood,
halogen and zenon lamps in the 1990's, and now we imagine the future in the cold blue
halo of LED’s and CFL’s.

I built a spiral of these different kinds of light, a hybrid of industrial structures from the
Chicago World’s Fair, sound trumpets from old Victrolas, movies from ski vacations and
a misremembered model of the Encounter restaurant at LAX encrusted in scaffolding.
Lately, I am particularly fascinated with the enormous work required to renovate and
maintain our monuments to the old future.