Chatham-Kent Events Calendar
The World of Kitsch Exhibit at ARTspace
Art, Culture & Music
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:00 PM
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:00 PM
Ad. Tickets Req.
Chatham and area
165 1/2 King Street West
The World of Kitsch Jane Austin + Norman Barney August 1 - October 7, 2017 Opening Reception: August 3, 2017 at 7pm Guest curator Laurie Langford brings together the work of two local artists, Jane Austin and Norman Barney, in a collaborative exhibition which explores the world of “kitsch” - a genre associated with the gaudy and garish. Kitsch is a philosophy and art movement that is both celebrated and disdained for its sentimentality and its ability to question the high and lowbrow division in art. According to Langford, “though Norm and Jane keep fairly separate art practices with different messages, I always thought that together they could create a very interesting collaborative exhibition. I was intrigued that these art partners could share studio space and yet not be overtly influenced by each other’s art practices.” Both artists in the exhibition employ the same or similar objects, but represent them in their own unique ways. Austin’s vibrant photographs present scenarios with varied objects in an assortment of complex and intriguing arrangements that put them into imagined relationships, while Barney’s satirical found object constructions comment on conditions of contemporary life. ARTspace is open Tues-Sat 12-5pm to view this exhibit.