about a square and a circle
the rounded square
welcome into a magic world

AGENDA 2019

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KOOL

Groupexhibition KOOL

OPENING 7.9.2019 (untill 29.9.2019)

Eeuwfeestgebouw, Eeuwfeestplein 33

3582 Beringen

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BACK IN TOWN!

28 April 2019

CC-Beringen

Kioskplein 25, 3582 Beringen

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KORTWEG KUNST (Tessenderlo)

LANGS LOOISE STEEGJES EN STEKJES,  

GRATIS RONDLEIDING MET GIDS op zondag 12 mei 2019 om 10.00 uur en om 14.00 uur. STARTPLAATS aan cultuurhuis | het LOO, op de Vismarkt. 

Voor de plaatselijke kunstroute werd uit het Oeuvre van Tapiaco een straatdeksel uit Tessenderlo geselecteerd, uitgevoerd op Dibond en geplaatst in ’t Steegje Steendriesen 

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Kitsch & Camp

VILA TRMALOVA 

Praha 4 to 28 june


 

Camp is a collective name for cultural expressions that consciously use

kitschy elements. Camp is thus embracing mass culture with artistic

ulterior motives.

From the 1960s onwards, the notion of 'camp' became known to wider

groups, for example through Susan Sontag's Notes on Camp (1964) essay

and the use of camp elements in Pop art and post-modern art.

The ironic embrace of mass culture is characteristic of both camp and

postmodernism. Where modernism created an ivory tower of

incomprehensible "higher" art, and popular cultural expressions were

considered inferior, postmodernism questioned a (overly sharp) boundary

between high and low culture. Fooling with folk culture was a logical

consequence. Because these popular expressions were embraced with the

necessary artistic / philosophical intentions, we can speak of camp. In

Tapiaco's approach, the link is made between the subject of Kitsch & Camp

and its formal language based on an indefinite form between circle and

square and the name Rounded Square was given no geometric significance.

It developed from an initial abstracting of figures, landscapes, objects and

observations from nature and gradually evolved into a basic element

within successive series with the same number of themes such as: From

Bohemia with love, Round Squares, Signatures, Gold & Silver, Das

Kapital, Back to the Future, Targets & Ties, Classified, Street Covers,

Stepping Stones, Organics, Cuba Wheels, be-Mine etc.

It was the common thread in his work and became his trademark. It thus

became a symbol of universal communication for him because this form

was used in a variety of ways in all cultures and throughout human history

on all continents for its simplicity.

In the oeuvre of Tapiaco themes such as: With the Kitsch & Camp series he

makes an essential question about the experience of art in general:

What is Kitsch and what is art?

And when does Kitsch become art?

Another tricky issue is the issue of authenticity and authorship.

Can you use the work of others for your own inspiration and use it for

other purposes?

What is the meaning of a signature and what does it cover?

Can an artist put his signature on work made by others?

By Colleagues? Pupils? Staff members? Freelance artists? Craftsmen?

Subcontractors etc?

The exhibited paintings are work from others, nothing is wrong with the

method of the technique; only the question is if it is art or Kitsch.

And if it has become art now after the action of Tapiaco?

With the serial of Puzzles the approach is a bid different.

Puzzles are in se kitschy objects regardless of the theme which makes it

possible to use any subject.

Nevertheless the question remains the same, is it art now after the invention

of Tapiaco?