– Kitsch (/ˈkɪtʃ/; loanword from German) is a low-brow style of mass-produced art or design using popular or cultural icons. Also referred to as “tacky“, the term “kitsch” is generally reserved for unsubstantial or gaudy works or decoration, or works that are calculated to have popular appeal.
Dear Lover of Books,
I can see that you are determined to have the last word here. However, this is MY blog, so I get the last word. My first thought when I read your over-blown first comment was to just delete it and be done with you and your nonsense. Of course I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, or what I do; or like it. Unsolicited critiques are quite a different thing. While I do, oftentimes ask my blog readers for their opinions and what they think about certain projects. In this instance, I did not.
You really should have quit while you were ahead. Your second comment was such a vast turn-around from you first one, that initially, I didn’t even realize it was from the same person! Now that you have confessed to being a writer, my initial inkling that you were taking this ‘destruction of books’ extremely personally, has been validated.
OR perhaps a good ‘stopping point’ would have been when you professed to having discovered that ‘book altering’ HAD indeed been around for a while and IS fairly popular. You could have simply said, “I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s different, but it just does not appeal to me personally.” Instead, you made it a personal assault on me as an artist; and criticism of anyone else who could possibly appreciated this kind of thing.
Nope, you kept right on going. You have an inexplicable need to be RIGHT about this, and to have the last word. Seriously??? FIVE comments on something that you don’t even CARE FOR?!?! You climbed from your soap box up to your HIGH HORSE and decided that you are now an art critic as well as an author. You pulled one very PARTIAL definition of ‘kitsch’ from your memory bank (or perhaps you did look in a dictionary) then abbreviated the definition to support YOUR personal point of view.
When I looked up the word ‘kitsch’; I found the following:
– excessively garish or sentimental art
– something of tawdry or vulgar design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.
– Kitsch (n.) something that appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality.
The concept of kitsch is applied to artwork that was a response to the 19th-century art with aesthetics that convey exaggerated sentimentality and melodrama, hence, kitsch art is closely associated with sentimental art. Kitsch is also related to the concept ofcamp, because of its humorous, ironic nature
While there were other readers/commenters who professed that they could NEVER rip apart a book as I had done; (and I absolutely respect that) they did not continue on to verbally me for what I had done; or anyone who would do so or anyone who could approve of such, as you did. Rather, they gave me props that I was doing something to prevent these books from being obliterated in one way or another.
My advice to you, ‘A Lover of Books’, is to stick to what you love and know. Hoard your books, continue to write whatever it is you claim to write and take your photographs. Keep you head stuck in that hole in the ground that it is apparently now stuck in and never try anything new or broaden your view. Maintain your narrow-minded view of the world, especially that of the art and craft world.
Keep your soapbox handy for a leg up to your high horse. Enjoy the view from your high horse as you look down upon the lowly crafters and upcyclers of the world. Just please remember to clean up the crap that your horse leaves behind.
In ALL sincerity,
P.S. ALL your comments have been deleted and you no longer have the ability to post comments on my blog.
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