Wednesday, April 7

More Girard...

Back in the day graphics designer Alexander Girard's look was copied and over-exposed to the point of appeal-exhaustion. As iconic as the now remembered Love logo of the 60's, Girard-style folksiness was a stand-in for old-timey-Americana-essence (i.e. trust) drizzled on everything from wrapping paper to textiles. The look became kitsch.

Maybe its my personal attraction to naive art and representative fabric sculpture, but I find Girard's doll Centaur (above) kind of appealing... and now that I'm personally past the commercial exhaustion of Girard myself, do I detect him line-walking pop commercialism when his work is viewed in something of a collection?

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