Sunday, September 24, 2006

A Perfect Storm (or, when the Kitsch hits the fan...)

The only thing better than finding out that Thomas Kinkade, "painter of light," is painting a portrait of Graceland (home of "The King") would be finding out that he is, in fact, painting it on velvet. Okay, call me a snob.

I've been to Graceland, and as much as I love Elvis (ooh, those jumpsuits that increase in gaudiness correspondent to their girth), I can only say that stylistically, no contemporary artiste is more appropriate.

8 Comments:

At 5:50 AM , Blogger Visiting Prof said...

That Elvis website scores high on the unintentionally hilarious scale. I particularly love the description of the new "Elvis After Dark" exhibit. Who knew that Elvis was most likely a vampire?:

"By dark of night, Elvis moved about more freely than his fame allowed him by light of day. But, sometimes, he was just sitting up in bed at home with a good book and the television. And sometimes he was in the recording studio creating his next masterpiece or working his magic on stage in Las Vegas or on national concert tour in front of ecstatic, loving audiences. In Elvis After Dark, thematic exhibits of clothing, personal items, photography and more take the visitor with Elvis into the night at home, at work and as he made Memphis his nighttime playground."

Is is just me or is that last phrase about "his nighttime playground" a bit creepy?

 
At 6:56 AM , Blogger Dorcasina said...

Oh no--super creepy!

 
At 2:11 PM , Blogger Yankee, Transferred said...

As you probably know, I live in Elvisville. The Thomas K. story was on the front page of the "Arts" section of our paper yesterday. Like you, I thought, "How fitting". It's enough to gag a maggot.

 
At 5:11 PM , Blogger Bad Alice said...

Snort! I have to watch what I say about Thomas Kinkade where I work, since he is adored. The only thing worse--yes, truly--is the Precious Moments line.

 
At 5:58 PM , Blogger snickollet said...

Words cannot express my loathing of TK. Oh, oh, oh. I have no words.

 
At 6:52 AM , Blogger bg's Little Sis said...

I was never happier than when the TK "Gallery" of light in our town shut down b/c of no sales! And 'gag a maggot', hilarious. I agree the last line is off the creepy scale. yuk.

 
At 9:47 AM , Blogger OTRgirl said...

I agree with the other comments! If someone really paints light (Hopper, Wyeth, Vermeer, etc) then it can be powerful, austere, warm, whatever--but most of all potent. TK manages to make light seem insipid and sugary. Ugh!!

 
At 1:44 PM , Anonymous Menita said...

I'm just thinking of the gift-shop merchandise that could come of this. Oh, the kitsch can only get kitscher.

 

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