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Prompt #2: Define what Frederic Jameson means by “ Pastiche .” Citing 3 examples , discuss why Jameson defines “pastiche” as the dominant style (or non-style) of “ post - modernity .” How does he contrast the post - modern aesthetic to the canons of modernism ? In your opinion, which of his post modern theories (if any) seem most relevant (or irrelevant ) to the study of contemporary American art/s and culture/s? We are now amidst the era of post-modernity—an era where what Jameson calls “pastiche” has taken over style, production, and effaced the creativity of the individual. Pastiche is the piecing together of past images to create neo-products. No longer do we innovate based on pure necessity and unique creativity. Pastiche presents us with the new post-modernistic world of recycling the old and calling it creation of the new. Thesis: Through the theorems of depthlessness, the waning affect, the death of the subject, and the simulacrum; the age of modernity has dissolved into the age of postmodernity where culture becomes has a pastiche commodity. Body: Example #1: Warhol’s Diamond Dust Shoes . DEPTHLESSNESS & WANING OF AFFECT & DEATH OF THE SUBJECT A piece of art that quintessentially reveals the lifeless creativity of the post-modern era is artist Andy Warhol’s Diamond Dust Shoes . The flat, one- dimensional, silk-screen style print of hanging ballet slippers has nothing more to offer than boring image it projects. Jameson describes the objects on the print as a “random collection of dead objects hanging together on that canvas” (Jameson 8). This dull, lack of substance within the piece represents a new superficiality and depthlessness in the postmodern era when comparing it to modern age pieces such as Vincent Van Gogh’s A Pair of Boots . Looking at Van Gogh’s piece, the viewer instantly is struck by the richness of color, the three-dimensionality, and attention to detail down to the cracks in the boots. With Diamond Dust Shoes offering no substantial visual narrative or meaning, its almost as though the piece simply exists to exist—to occupy space without a further purpose. This idea of meaninglessness within postmodern artwork is extended keeping in mind the waning of affect. While the vibrancies of color Warhol presents are visually pleasing, it creates intensities within the mind of the viewer. Intensities being the supposed feeling given off by the piece—yet not
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a drive of emotion and a fundamental belief in the message the artist attempts to portray. Looking at Diamond Dust Shoes can be visually pleasing as it contains numerous bright, contrasting colors—giving off the intensity that many postmodern art pieces do. But when looking at A Pair of Boots (a piece based on the same object), based on the richness of color, content, and detail, one can immediately feel the passion and strife that went into creating such a print. Jameson writes, “In Van Gogh that content, those initial raw materials, are, I will suggest, to be grasped simply as the whole object world
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