Dienstag, 20. Juli 2010

über kitsch - german contemporaries

The group show "über kitsch - german contemporaries" takes place at the Vyner Studio in East London, 2nd til 4th September 2010, celebrate the First Thursday with us!

7 young artists from fine art academies in Nürnberg and München combine living tradition with a playful freudian irony to create a happy but broken nostalgia.

The title of the exhibition "über Kitsch" contends two German words used as foreign words in the English language as well. English vogue term "über" has in German a second meaning apart from the smilar in English hyper, extreme, more" which is "about". "Kitsch" is one of the ten most difficult foreign words in the English language.

"über kitsch - german contemporaries" takes the oldfashioned thought of a specific art style being connected to a certain nationality as ironic as kitsch himself - a stereotype, a cliché one can use to show greyscales.

We turn the colour saturation up and don't think of kitsch as opposite to avantgarde (which is a military term anyway) like Adorno or Greenberg rather go with Kundera:"Whenever a single political movement corners power we find ourselves in the realm of totalitarian kitsch."
The exhibition presents colourful camp oil paintings, animation videos and quirky photographies that let your living room die a pink retro death.

Sigmund Freud was from austria, which feels much closer to artists from cozy southern German cities like Munich or Nuremberg than cold Prussian north. Fuck Berlin, Cologne or Leibzig, here comes the south.

Kitsch ‘n‘ sink rules!

Less is a bore.

too much is not enough.

Uli Blanchet

Uli Blanchet is the curator of "über kitsch -german contemporaries". He rezcently helped organizing (and exibited) at four exhibitions with international artists' collective Gadje in Dublin and Barcelona and twice in London, at the Rag Factory and at the 3rd Hackney Wicked festival 2010.
He works as art historian in London, where he writes his PhD about consumerism in the work of Banksy and Damien Hirst. Uli works also as a freelance film journalist. He did a Master of professional communication at Univerity of Western Sydney, Australia and a second master in art history, theatre- and film sciences at University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

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