Thursday, February 18, 2010

Got Kitsch?

Woah! Hello ugly, hello tacky and hello everything kitsch. Welcome to the world of John Currin and frankly, I am glued to the screen. There's something disturbingly bizarre about this man's paintings. I don't love it, but I don't hate it. Looking at the techniques and especially the small details that almost render them life-like, everything is precise and beautifully executed. One BBC editor nicely put it this way:

Currin depicts a bizarre and very American world of ageing divorcees, 70s pin-ups and cliché gay couples. He distils the falsity of TV culture and throws it back in people's faces. Currin wants viewers to feel uncomfortable and enjoy it.

He fuses this very modern approach to his subjects with a kind of classical style which combines the strange, jagged poses and extended bellies of the 16th-century German painter Lucas Cranach, or the hand gestures of Da Vinci, with WASP-ish empty faces. You hate the people he depicts, but you just can't help but love the way they’re depicted.

I'll say. It's a scathing parody of the pop consumerist-culture whore in all of us.

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