Letter to the Editor

Fools call it kitsch

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dear Editor,

Certain fools have declared the new statue in the center of Norris Park a hideous example of 100 percent Grade A kitsch.

Steve Stramel,


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  • Kitsch (English pronunciation: /ˈkɪtʃ/, as in German) is a German word denoting art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value. The concept is associated with the deliberate use of elements that may be thought of as cultural icons [1] while making cheap mass-produced objects that are unoriginal. Kitsch also refers to the types of art that likewise, are aesthetically deficient (whether or not being sentimental, glamorous, theatrical, or creative), and making creative gestures that merely imitate the superficial appearances of art through repeated conventions and formulae. Excessive sentimentality often is associated with the term.

    The term is considered derogatory, denoting works executed to pander to popular demand alone and purely for commercial purposes rather than works created as self-expression by an artist.[2] The term generally, is reserved for unsubstantial and gaudy works that are calculated to have popular appeal and are considered pretentious and shallow rather than genuine artistic efforts. [3]

    Kitsch was applied to artwork that was a response to the nineteenth century art, whose aesthetics convey exaggerated sentimentality and melodrama, hence, kitsch art is closely associated with sentimental art.

    Contemporaneously, kitsch also (loosely) denotes art that is aesthetically pretentious to the degree of being in poor taste, as well as, applying to industrially-produced art-items that are considered trite and crass.


    -- Posted by mickhaney on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 12:44 PM
  • This is absolutely distasteful to have this letter even printed in the newspaper. A young man of our community designed this statue representing a soldier who fought for our country with an Angel taking him to heaven. We should all be thankful that we have a youth wanting to represent his heritage and give something back to the community.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 1:01 PM
  • He does call the people who call it kitsch "fools".

    -- Posted by mccook mom on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 10:57 AM
  • Whether it was made by an amature or not, it was made by a young man and an artist from SW Nebraska with big hearts and very good intentions. That gives no one the right to put their "expert opinion" on it. It represents the young and old and we should all be very grateful that someone took the initiative to do this representing our fallen soldiers.

    -- Posted by Rural Citizen on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 11:23 AM
  • Hi Fredd

    Sondra Jonson is hardly an amateur and her work is not low quality. Examples of her work is around the world. Pope Benedict has one of her bronzes. You ought to visit her website and become more familiar with her work before giving such a harsh opinion.

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Tue, Nov 24, 2009, at 6:26 PM
  • Why am I not surprised that fredd has a negative opinion of the statue at Norris Park? I guess Sondra Jonson must be a Republican.

    -- Posted by bjo on Wed, Nov 25, 2009, at 3:44 PM
  • Kitsch - worthless, tasteless, inferior...sounds a lot like fredd's posts.

    I mean no disrespect.

    -- Posted by Husker23 on Thu, Nov 26, 2009, at 9:36 AM
  • Hi Fredd

    Your caustic comments about a talented local artist has generated those responses to you.

    Her work is well represented through out southwestern nebraska and across the nation.

    Name dropping obsure austrian and italian artists doesn't advance you position very well.

    Who the heck is Pecoso? Did you meen Picasso? at least his work has had critical acclaim as an abstract artist with some skill.

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Fri, Nov 27, 2009, at 6:35 PM
  • fredd,

    What do you know of my Christianity?

    I said I mean no disrespect...it's just that your posts are of poor quality.

    -- Posted by Husker23 on Fri, Nov 27, 2009, at 11:21 PM
  • Hi Fredd

    dang, just a little missteep on the kee boord.

    so freed, wo is pecoso?

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Sat, Nov 28, 2009, at 11:40 AM
  • fonix not werk fr ffrreedd

    -- Posted by Hugh Jassle on Wed, Dec 2, 2009, at 5:25 PM
  • hukd on fonix stil not werk fr freddd

    -- Posted by Hugh Jassle on Sat, Dec 5, 2009, at 3:18 PM
  • Hi Fredd

    so who is pecoso?

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Sun, Dec 6, 2009, at 9:48 PM
  • Hi fredd

    No, i just want to know who pesoco is.

    -- Posted by boojum666 on Mon, Dec 7, 2009, at 5:27 AM
  • Wow, fredd. For a second there, I thought you were a respectable person who just had a different opinion than others. Now I see you're just a pathetic troll, one who is no better than the people he belittles. Why you would bother hovering around a website for a small town newspaper is rather silly, but I guess small minds troll small places.

    By the way, I wasn't bringing politics into this topic earlier; I was merely pegging you as the kind of person who would feel the work of a specific person is lessened by their political viewpoint. Judging from your comments, I don't think I'm far from the truth, or the truth of whatever identity you use to spend your free time with.

    -- Posted by bjo on Mon, Dec 7, 2009, at 11:57 AM
  • Y'know, you're right! I shouldn't have brought politics into this, and I'm sorry. I should refrain from making such judgments in the future, even if they do seem in line with the person's "character." Of course, with all the belittling and insulting of Republicans you do on a site with many right-leaning commenters, I have to wonder which one of us is really damaged and bitter. Sounds like an internet troll to me.

    -- Posted by bjo on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 10:30 AM
  • "You boys are brilliant, no wonder you think the bronze is of good quality. As long as it has the flag, god and war it a piece of art. hahahaha Republicans WOW."

    Yeah, that's certainly just "making a comment on the art." Also, I wouldn't call you a troll if it weren't for your behavior on other articles. If you were respectful and had a different opinion, I would say otherwise. Your negative comments and insults towards those of a different opinion than yours make you disrespectful, and doesn't allow for reasonable debate.

    Granted, I'm not saying that everyone else is respectful- many aren't- but since you clearly aren't here to debate and learn from said debate, I can only gather that you enjoy stirring up arguments. That's why I call you a troll. Of course, I don't pay attention to Sam and Mike's blogs, so maybe you are respectful in those, but I don't see why you would be respectful in a bombing range and not anywhere else on the site.

    -- Posted by bjo on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 12:05 PM
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