I went to Fredonia today with my grandpa and sister. Aimee goes to school there, and we went to the bookstore to exchange a T-shirt we bought him for Christmas. While we were there, we went to a little pizzeria called De John’s, in which I found many examples of yesterday’s word of the day: kitsch.
Birdhouses hung from every wall, the lighting at the bar was a dim red and Aimee really enjoyed the “pine cones on sticks” they featured in the corner of the dining room. I found this gem in the opposite corner.
What do you think? What’s your favorite part of this statue? Is it the Bills flag in the background or the fruit hanging from the figure’s neck?
Now this is a bit embarrassing. I’m 20 and I don’t know what it means. It’s in the title of a Regina Spektor album and I don’t know what it means.
Luckily for me, I have internet access.
Wikipedia defines kitsch as “a form of art that is considered an inferior, tasteless copy of an extant style of art or a worthless imitation of art of recognized value.” They give the example of a lawn gnome.
Merriam-Webster defines it as something that is of low quality and appeals to the “popular or lowbrow taste.”
I get it. So the hologram of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci I saw in the thrift store would be kitsch, right?
If you have any more examples of kitsch, leave them in the comments. Also, would you define Regina’s “Soviet Kitsch” as kitsch?