Speaking Out

Kudos for Kindness

The current exhibit of the work of Irish Artist, John Kindness, at the I.C.A. here on Penn's campus, is a tour-de-force.

Not since visiting the restoration of Pompeii have I seen the classic media of ceramic mosaic and of fresco painting used so effectively to depict urban everyday lifestyles and human experience.

John Kindness' use of color is a pleasure to observe. But beyond the aesthetic response his work evokes, the social commentary painted on his fresco tablets will strike the viewer on a personal level. His messages derive from his own observation of the human condition in Belfast, his native city, but Kindness demonstrates that they apply equally to our own decaying urban centers as well.

I think the I.C.A. merits a high score for bringing the brilliance of John Kindness to Philadelphia. It remains on view until June 29th. Don't miss it.

-- Maurice S. Burrison, Director, Faculty Club Art Gallery


Volume 43 Number 34
May 13, 1997

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