those phrases really reek. i know. but, if you ever bother to research what exactly they mean, they are surprisingly perfect words to describe a lot of what goes on here. big clumsy stupid sounding pretentious words are only attempts to be exact when talking about ideas that are so hard to describe - like what we are doing here. all the words that have been tossed around that we accept and toss around ourselves sound like stupid gibberish to the academics.
so, don't dis this stuff based on a knee-jerk reaction to terms you don't use or get.
that's lame, too. be real and think about this stuff.
oh, man. don't delete them. these are completely legit and completely fair. if anybody brands you with anything liable or that may create legal problems for you, THEN delete them. but, i can't imagine that in your case. this sort of thing is done (much more amateurishly) here all the time. yours are really great beautiful examples.
"postmodernist" is a lame term, i agree. but, if you look at any definition of it, we fit into it. very nicely, in fact.
think of it this way: post modernism is a decadent style. as a culture goes over the hump on it's development and history and starts it's downward trend toward disintigration, we go through the decadent phase (think 'decay'). we peaked as a culture somewhere in the early 60's. 'hippie' may have been the first true decadent cultural phenom in our decadent phase. (there's room for beats, too in that.) so, it's all on our downward slope.
decadence can be defined as "no new ideas" creatively, we're working in revived styles and using old ideas. we're just putting them into new contexts or juxtaposing them with other old ideas. this is obviously true today. nothing is new, it's all been done. we all do a pastiche approach to creative thinking. this dialog in itself is decadent. it's virtually impossible to come up with an "original" idea at all. the internet has made everything nearly impossible in that respect as well.
the high style of decadence is appropriation. we borrow old ideas and place in the new context. what i do is a found art style. i do appropriation. so do you. so does every single person on this sight. there is nothing but borrowed ideas - the rock poster is a borrowed form from the gitgo.
punk was the official breakpoint, the ground zero for our postmodern lives. but the decadent trend (decay) started decades prior. it always takes time for these things to filter down.
the modernists were the first AND the last to admit it. ironic.
now they're skunked. and we hold sway. we pick up their rubbish and make it look great.
i dunno. i saw real shit bricks. of, course, they called it "art" and all.
modernists controlled academic discourse for most of the last half of the last century. today, it's really over. modernsim is a period style. since most of the academicians built their entire careers on modernist theories, they got lost in the mid 80's.
i had a lot of laffs watching modernist ("swiss", "helvetica") designers scramble for a style they could sell as "new wave." i saw ten years of really bad copycat ideas of what being done on the streets and in subculture. all the while they were trying to link it to schools and designers in switzerland (basel, ulm, weinhardt.) it just didn't stick outside of modernist academia. now, those attempted links are being over-ridden by the reality of punk. post-modernism ate modernists for breakfast. now modernists are lost in the past. we all laugh at them as "old farts" and "old skool." they laff at me for those reasons, too, because i was trained by those guys.
dunno about you, but it seems to me losing the central focus of your entire intellectual and creative life to a bunch of know-nothing street punks is a great reason to shit bricks...