This resource provides information and curriculum connections for secondary students viewing recent works by South Australian ceramic artist Gerry Wedd.
Curriculum connections throughout this resource address State frameworks developed by New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victorian education departments in response to the Australian National Curriculum developed by ACARA, the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority.
Curriculum Priorities specified by ACARA addressed in this resource include links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience and connections with Asian culture.
This JamFactory Icon Exhibition is one of an annual event celebrating South Australian masters of creative excellence. ICON exhibitions present work by established designer makers in the JamFactory Exhibition Gallery.
The exhibitions clever title 'Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man' is a colourful hybrid identifying Wedd as a man of kitchens and a celebrant of questionable taste i.e. kitsch. Kitchens and kitsch are foundation themes of Gerry's work and although the words sound similar their meanings and origins are linguistically different.
• Kitsch originated from German meaning carelessly thrown together, shoddy or tacky. Kitsch is now a disparaging term describing poor taste in the arts.
• Kitchens have been significant for Wedd since he was a child and his work celebrates their broad role in Australian cultural life. As a boy his family kitchen was the home of his early pottery experiences as he helped his mother, Felicity, in her pottery business.
• Wedd's kitsch style rebels against good taste and acceptability. Although he often applies a convoluted decoration style, his pots are not decorated for the sake of decoration; Wedd's embellishments almost camouflage his bigger theme of human amorality, as in Banal Pot, about the CIA's Abu Ghraib gaol.
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