Postmodern Art Analysis

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Postmodern artists challenge the conventions of art by applying many different artistic techniques such as appropriation and experimentalism. Postmodern artists reacted to the usual conventions of art by developing new ways of viewing what art might be. The postmodern artists aimed to react against the narrow boundaries of Modernism with special emphasis given to abstract and minimalist art. Appropriation often breaks the conventions or norms and regulations in art. Placing a well known image in a different situation to alter its interpretation, is an artistic technique called appropriation. The techniques of challenging usual art conventions include appropriation which is placing a familiar image in a new context to change its meaning, whereas …show more content…
The appropriation of the work creates a sense of humour, a characteristic of postmodernism, in contrast to the previous work which had a more serious subject matter. The audience is left questioning the work, and feels emotional towards it’s meaning. "Criticism and the Lover A” represents the postmodern style as it crosses the boundaries and draws from several art traditions. Morimura's work also adopts different styles and combines them in a work from the past to create a new interpretation which is another characteristic of postmodernism. The work is 180cm by 225cm and is a coloured photograph on a transparent …show more content…
Onus uses the pastiche technique in his work “ Michael and I are just slipping down to the pub for a minute” (1992) by mixing the aboriginal motifs with the French technique of cross hatching and the Japanese style of wood block printed wave. Onus’ work “ Michael and I are just slipping down to the pub for a minute” (1992) is a 50cm by 38cm gouache on illustration board. The use of appropriation and pastiche, mixing of artistic techniques, racial message and humour in the work are all elements making it typical of the post modern style. Onus has appropriated the work by changing the meaning of the work from a very serious message, to a humorous representation of racial tension in society. The meaning of the work has been changed through the addition of a dog riding a stingray on the Hokusai wave, which is a very unusual situation and adds a sense of humour to the

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