Catalog: Why Nostalgia? Art Talk with Michael Sjostedt
Big Red Frame (43 Main Street / Old Town Hall, Easthampton, MA 01027, Easthampton MA)
Michael Sjostedt will host a dynamic conversation about his latest collage series, Catalog. Moderated by Easthampton City Councilor Thomas Peake, Sjostedt will offer a guided tour of the complete collection with a focus on the role of nostalgia in his work. Chairs available upon request.
About Michael Sjostedt: Sjostedt spent his childhood steeped in the pop culture of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, finding in them both salvation and estrangement. That dichotomy forms the basis of his art, as he considers how he simultaneously fits and does not fit into the media of his youth—then and now.
Read his full artist statement: https://michaelsjostedt.com/about-michael/
Read his Catalog artist statement: https://michaelsjostedt.com/catalog/
About Thomas Peake: He has served as Easthampton City Councilor for Precinct 3 since 2018. Outside of political life, Tom is a Senior Research Analyst at the UMass Donahue Institute, where he studies economic and demographic topics in Massachusetts. Tom has been a member of several local heavy metal bands in Western Massachusetts from 2010 to the present, including Krakatoa and, most recently, Bellower, and has recorded four albums over that period. He lives in Easthampton with his partner Kelsey and their pit bull, Sophie.