TAKE STANDS 3 (FOREST FIRE, BLUE SKY, LOCUST ON WHITE SPINDLE LEGS) 2004, COLLAGE
The third in a annual series of exhibitions curated and organized by the de la Cruz Collection to benefit the students of Nova Southeastern University.
The title of the exhibition, Cult of Personality, arises from the term when an individual uses mass media, propaganda , or other methods to create an idealized, heroic, and at times worshipful image, often occurring through unquestioning flattery and praise. In the beginning, it was described as having no political connotations, but closely related to the Romantic Cult of the Genius. In his writings, Sociologist Max Webber developed a classification where the “Cult of Personality” holds similarity with charismatic authority.
Christian Holstad’s art practice reflects his interest in crafts, handmade objects, textiles, and his appreciation for American culture and history. His work shares a “Camp” aesthetic sensibility. With references to Kitsch, “Camp” was very much part ofthe 1960’s – 1970’s culture and is often associated with filmmakers,artists and performers like John Waters ( his films Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, and Polyester), Andy Warhol, Divine, Liberace, and Marilyn Monroe.
Admission is free and open to the public.
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