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On Art: ‘Kitsch: Craft So Bad That It’s Good’


For some of us, it is the stuff of nightmares. For others, it’s the things we remember most about the homes of our grandparents: a majestic horse painted upon black velvet or a lamp fashioned out of seashells. These are the items many of us have come to know as “kitsch,” a kind of consumer-friendly art that appeals to the masses. At least it did at one time.

A new exhibit from the Alberta Craft Council titled Kitsch: Craft So Bad That It’s Good, brings together works from a sizeable number of local artists who explore what kitsch means to them.

The exhibit runs at the Alberta Craft Feature Gallery in Edmonton from now until October 30, and, on Friday, September 10 at 8:45 AM (MT) on Alberta Morning CKUA’s Savannah Parker brought us details on the treasures that await visitors. Listen below!

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