Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2013-03-13 09:03 am  Permalink|
Here's a possible cultural context from the Exotica genre
Typsy, if Al would have used glitter on his stuff, I would have not liked it any better. That people would have bought that stuff is a whole different matter. Not all that people buy is good art, and they fall for the Bling factor quite easily. That's why there is the need for people like me that tell them - SHOW them - what is Tiki and what is not. Again, they can take it or leave it.
The choice of a cheap import import mask from Indonesia certainly did not help matters, for anybody that is into Tiki such hacked wood represents the lowest form of the style on the Tiki totem pole. But then, what should she have used...thrift stores don't have anything Tiki anymore, and as she herself points out, a cool vintage Tiki would have made it worse.
The simple fact is that in my opinion, the combination of cheap import mask (bad) and glitter (bad) does not add up to a good.
I think her conclusion that her personal style of art just does not fit the the Tiki genre was very pragmatic and on the money.