TAKE STANDS 3 (FOREST FIRE, BLUE SKY, LOCUST ON WHITE SPINDLE LEGS)
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, which describes an individual’s use of mass media, propaganda, or other methods to create an idealized, heroic, and at times worshipful image. This often occurs through unquestioning flattery and praise. In the beginning, Cult of Personality had no political connotations, but was closely related to the “Romantic Cult of the Genius”, which originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century. It was characterized by a belief in the importance of the individual, the personal and the subjective. Sociologist Max Webber developed a classification where the Cult of Personality shared a similarity with charismatic authority.
Christian Holstad (born 1972, California) is an American artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994. Holstad’s art practice reflects his interest in crafts, handmade objects, textiles, and his appreciation for American Culture and history. His work embodies a Camp aesthetic sensibility. With references to Kitsch, Camp was very much part of the 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