Kitsch what is kitsch what is beautiful what is not

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Kitsch – what is kitsch? What is beautiful? What is not? Value, mass production, pop culture, your own personal sense of kitsch, aspects of society as revealed in its kitsch.
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Graphics – use of line, color and composition to create a graphic identity, advertising, mass media, manipulation of imagery, the (blurred) line between what reality and the graphic representation. Human anatomy – body, muscle, bone, skin, weight distribution, issues of beauty and human body, use/abuse of the body, skin (color?), aging, disease. Dreams – meaning, analysis, associations, truth in, the bizarre, wish-fulfillment, imagery, Surrealism, the subconscious, Sigmund Freud. Chance – allowing chance to dictate art, automatic drawing, the Exquisite Corpse, Surrealism, Dadaism, kinetic art, image association. Emotion – human feelings, expression, knowledge through emotion, emotional situations, culture and emotions, controlled/uncontrolled emotions, conveying emotion, color, line and shape and emotions, Expressionism, Fauvism, Abstraction. Collection/series – repetition, repeated objects, objects in a series, objects that share something in common, distant vs. close relationships between objects, association. Beauty/ugliness – what defines these? What constitutes the appealing or the repulsive? Manipulating materials so that they take on appealing/repulsive qualities. Architectural renderings- showing (exploring) the interior and exterior space with a strong focus on light, perspective and structure Exploration- using realistic and non-objective animals (stipple technique….a series of black and white ink drawings moving into color) Portraits and the human form Junk yard still life- waste-reuse Tomatoes, from seed to fruit Fantasy characters – gargoyles, fairies, dragons, etc. – convincingly rendered Circus life My ancestry Crime and punishment Women in feminine roles- not in feminine roles Men in masculine roles-not in masculine roles “Seven deadly sins” Historical events Reflections of images wherein the reflections are an emotional exploration (of literal reflections) Instruments that make music Icons w/in our society
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Strength of women (Cindy Sherman, Barbara Krueger) Dreams and dream images (Chagall, Dali) Dance -movement (Degas) Struggle to find one’s self (identity) Figure studies in strong lights/darks Car interiors, mechanic,technology Abstract portraits Illustrate a classical character or story in a new or modern way Childhood memories and feelings Evolution of an item as it deteriorates or decomposes Portrait/figure distortions in color/shapes Personal or social issues Cultural diversity – social issues (diego rivera) Visual puns/hybrids (Magritte) Self (you, your identity, self image, self-esteem) or dark self (see C.G. Jung) Family or ethnic group (not necessarily yours) Science & Technology Dreams/the surreal world,/alternate reality/questioning reality Society/Public vs. Private Capitalism/ (Free)Trade/Economic equality/Globalism Epistemology (ie. how we know what we know)/TOK Conflict/resolution/war/peace Art/History/Art History/Interpretation
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