Thursday, May 07, 2015

Really, really bad Catholic art

 Ah the '70s, like toe nail fungus, syphilis in certain populations, a movie serial killer, and crab grass it just won't die. This hideous style of art was everywhere when I was a child and a teenager and someone in the Vatican seems to really like it.  The official logo of the vaunted Year of Mercy brought back memories of the ugliest missals ever published. I now wonder if this stuff was so popular because it made kids feel confident that they could draw something better and I have this vague memory of sitting in class and thinking that everybody in these drawings looked like a science experiment gone bad.


5 comments:

newguy40 said...

You are right. This is true CathAmChurch of the 1970's. Gives me the hee bee jee bees just to see that crud again.

"Se vogliamo che tutto rimanga come e, bisogna che tutto cambi. Mi sono
spiegato?" (If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to
change. Get it?) Quoted from "The Leopard" by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

Adrienne said...

It's not only bad art, but something I find to be grotesque.

Wendy in VA said...

And along with the unwelcome '70s flashbacks, we're subjected to the really creepy shared eye...

Steve Dalton said...

It looks queer, as in sodomite.

Roseanna Hatke said...

Oh, for Pete's sake! I thought this junk was gone. Please tell me it is not felt glued on to burlap!