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Old 02-03-2009, 07:33 PM
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"kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

Is it a word to describe an artist's work? Thanks!
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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

Well...Molly, it can be. And in some ways, as I understand it, it can be bad or good. Most people believe that garden gnomes, and plastic flamingos are , "kitschy" (which I believe is the correct spelling). I have also heard it used to describe stuff that is kind of retro. I'd want to know how it was used in context...that would make a big difference.
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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

Thank you for replying Susan! I had a few of my paintings juried by a local art store. On a scale of 1 to 5, they gave me a 5 for "presentation", 3 for "originality", 4 for "workmanship" and 3 for "marketabilty". The remark on the Jury Submission sheet at the bottom was "some of the work is very kitchy". I am wondering if they even meant for me to see this submission sheet but it was in with my paintings when I got them back. What do you think?
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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

It refers to things that used to be considered tacky, but are now kind of retro-cool.
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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

I dont really know what context it was taken it....but i did do a Wiki on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitsch
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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

Thank you Elaine..I must be leading a very sheltered life!...I know what retro is and what cool is but what do I make of the two combined? Is this good or bad or what?
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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

Thank you Bizkit.....according to Wiki, it's not a very kind term is it?
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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

After reading the link on wikipedia from Bizkit, I'm not sure how I would take those comments from the judges.

If I were you, I would ask the judges what they meant by "Kitschy"? Is it to be taken as a good thing or bad?

Post some of your work here and ask the question again and see what people here think (by the way, I love garden gnomes)
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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

As Susan said, the word has good and bad connotations, but that really depends on the viewpoint of the person using the word. To some, kitschy is cool. To others, it still means tacky. Knowing how that particular judge meant the comment to be interpreted doesn't really matter. Even if he wasn't being complimentary, the guy next to him could have used the same description to mean that your work was totally cool. Clear as mud, huh??
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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

Thanks Elaine..I'm going for the "cool " guy!
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As Susan said, the word has good and bad connotations, but that really depends on the viewpoint of the person using the word. To some, kitschy is cool. To others, it still means tacky. Knowing how that particular judge meant the comment to be interpreted doesn't really matter. Even if he wasn't being complimentary, the guy next to him could have used the same description to mean that your work was totally cool. Clear as mud, huh??



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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

It's one of those things that can be taken both ways because there are groups of people that will love it or hate it. I'd consider paint-by-number to be kitschy, but you can barely find them at flea markets and garage sales because people snatch them up fast. A kitschy painting of go-go dancers with big eyes hung at my grandparent's place since the 60s. When it became retro-cool, it vanished. Realists are considered kitschy by most of the art establishment. I think some abstract work is kitschy because it reminds me of the 70s when I saw hippies in my neighborhood putting canvases inside old washing machines and pouring paint on them with the spin cycle running. Since I paint for myself and the like-minded people who appreciate my work, it wouldn't offend me if my work was called kitschy by someone. So I say keep doing what you're doing and enjoy it. And your scores were good.
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Thanks Elaine..I'm going for the "cool " guy!

As any self-respecting artist would!
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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

The term is some times used of every thing from folk art to souvenirs. Many a tourist gift shop could be accused of selling 'kitsch.' I know of some artisans who intentionally create art for that market and raise the standard some what in my opinion. All that said, it isn't a particularly helpful term for a juror to use precisely because it lacks a good definition.

What is more important is what is your objective? What kind of art are you wanting to create? If you want to paint like Degas then compare your work to that genre. If you want to paint like Emily Carr, compare your work to that. Better yet find your own niche.
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Re: "kitchy" does anyone know what this means?

Thanks Diana! that's why I am perplexed. They told me my work was quite good and then I found this paper with the "kitchy" comment (that's the way they spelled it) and started me wondering. I will call them tomorrow and ask their interpretation. I HAVE posted a lot of my work on here..how about taking a peek and seeing what YOU think! I can take it!
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