Neo-Kitsch: A New Old Latin America plus SD Art Prize New Contemporaries artists: opening Fri. July 22 from 6 to 9 pm and showing until Aug. 27 at Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance RSVP and directions: Tom Sergott 858-756-2377
Kitsch is a German word that I grew up with in a Jewish home in Kansas City. You knew if something was kitsch it might be fun to look at but not suitable for a contemporary home in the 1950s. There was very little kitsch in the Danish Modern movement which my parents embraced. Kitsch was poor or common taste and was usually garish or sentimental. But I could not help but like the lava lamp of my hippie days or the hula doll I saw on many dashboards. Barbie and Ken are certainly the poster couple for Kitsch. The Cuckoo clock is classic kitsch.
Kitsch is more associated, perhaps, with Latin American than Germany. Probably because art is integrated entirely into their life style. Anyone who has crossed the border and waited in line has driven past an array of brightly color plaster figures ranging from Jesus Christ to the Keep on Trucking hat toting dude.
Somehow over the years, what was out is now in. And maybe it will be out again next year. But this show is not just about fashion, but history and the present being interpreted with irony and humor.
Many thanks to the curator of this exhibition Andrew Utt for sending me the photos of all the works.
Tatewaki Nio (Brazil)
|Tatewaki Nio, Neo-Andina, 2015, Pigment print on paper © Tatewaki Nio|
Einar and Jamex de la Torre
Chiachio & Giannone (Argentina)
Liliana Correa (Colombia)
Mauricio Garrido (Chile)
Becky Guttin (Mexico)
Paola Villasenor (PANCA) (Mexico)
Esteban Schimpf (Colombia)
"We all have stories of where we came from and where we want to go. Letters from the Wall is an ongoing series of vignettes based on actual letters and real life stories of those affected by the United States/Mexico international border wall, immigration, deportation and separation. Originally written as a bi-national theatrical event by Dave Rivas, it was first performed on both sides of the border wall in San Ysidro, California and Playas, Tijuana, Mexico, with actors performing simultaneously on the United States and Mexico side in English and Spanish. Each “letter” is woven together from the true stories, letters, emails, and even bedtime stories that Rivas has collected. And more content is being added all the time as –with each performance—audience members share their own stories or experiences. It is an ever growing and changing series that seeks to address the human experience in pursuit of a better life."