Fred Bungay is a contemporary artist whose work dissects British politics through an examination of nostalgia and heritage commodification.
Fred Bungay’s current practice assesses the various rhetoric’s of Utopia in British design history, particularly that of the festival of Britain 1951. Intersecting Modernist philosophies with commodity fetishism, Fred formulates sculptural work that appropriates the art-historical practice of the objet d’art with the history of politics by design.
Utilising digital and contemporary manufacturing processes, Fred produces highly reified facsimiles of forgotten and prototype British Modernist designs as a means to both continue the fetishized legacy of Modernity, and comment on its dispossession as a language of aesthetics rather than a projection of progressive socialism.
Fred is interested in formulating spatial designs that appropriate both potentiality for a progressive future, and a reflective gaze toward the desirability of Modernity. His work therefore alludes to function, while simultaneously denying the viewer the capacity to engage within the social contexts he is unpicking.