Dave Pollot, a software developer by day, adds pop culture icons into forgotten pieces of artwork

Rochester artist Dave Pollot has found a novel way to turn discarded or abandoned paintings into treasures for nostalgia junkies. The software programmer takes otherwise forgotten thrift store art then seamlessly adds recognizable pop culture icons into their landscapes.

“I try to make my “additions” (which are often references to and parodies of my favorite movies and video games) look as though they were there the entire time,” Pollot says. “With a world so full of serious questions, I’m just trying to let viewers laugh as they construct their own narrative from some new oil paint humorously added to some old, neglected bit of Americana.”

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