Modernism / Post-Modernism

In terms of guidelines, this project is by far the least strict of any class project to date: create a poster using a quote to represent Modernism, and a poster using a quote to represent Post-Modernism.

After some research both in and out of class I am understand Modernism, but don’t really understand Post-Modernism.  I am also beginning to understand there is a modern-day schism on the subject because people are either a fan of one or the other, but rarely both.  I am of the Modernist camp.  I find it easier to understand of the two and appeals to my OCD much more easily than Post-Modernism.  After a lot of frustration from trying to understand Post-Modernism, someone described it to me in the best way possible: “it is like someone started a project and halfway through decided to start another project but forgot to switch canvases.”  This may be a little insensitive to the art movement, but I think there is a lot of truth to the statement because when I look at Post-Modernism artwork sometimes I have a hard time understanding how all of the pieces fit together and the only explanation is that the artist meant to use another canvas but to start the new project but forgot.

After understanding the art movements, I was better able to look up quotes to describe them.  For Modernism I chose a quote by David Winer: “the easier you make it for people to go, the more likely they are to stay.”  This directly speaks about the minimalism of Modernism.

For Post-Modernism I am going to create a poster with a quote by Albert Camus: : “every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.”

The rebellion part of the quote is how I make sense of Post-Modernism, so I am going to run with that for now.


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