17 August 2007

world wide kitsch.com

"Kitsch deals with the eternal human – love, death, drama, jealousy, family... If you seek to imbue your work with pathos, melodrama and sentimentality, then you are a kitsch person. These qualities are not negative, as long as you master them through handcraft. Kitsch is not dry naturalism, but a poem about life.

When you portray a human’s inner feelings through handcraft, you are approaching kitsch. Michelangelo’s Pieta, if created today, would be called kitsch. Kitsch puts quality over originality. Consequently, a kitsch creator sees the whole history as contemporary, and cannot excuse his/her work by saying “I live in a different time."

Worldwidekitsch believes that the concept of kitsch can create a renaissance for classical figurative painting, but the term also covers disciplines such as music (f. ex. Rachmaninov), literature (f. ex. Victor Hugo) and sculpture (f. ex. Rodin). Kitsch is a mentality; an offer to transcend the fear of being “untrue" in one`s depiction of life.

Worldwidekitsch.com does not represent a “resistance movement" against art, we simply want to offer a key with which the figurative painter can understand his/her position in contemporary aesthetics. We do not employ a new definition of kitsch, but plainly see it as something positive.

Kitsch embraces talent, where art sees it as its enemy. Kitsch represents handcraft, drama, pathos and sincerity without irony. Kitsch shall be a free room for figurative painters who show their emotional lives. We want to bring story telling back into painting. "

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