Post-Modernism in Media and Installations

Post-Modernism is an artistic movement in the late 20th century that took ideas from the past, such as Dada and surrealism, and added a new twist, while still avoiding the traditional approach to art. Post-Modernism in the media broke many geographical barriers and was able to connect with people all over the world.

Ann Hamilton

Ann Hamilton was born in Ohio on June 22, 1956. She is mainly known for her work in multi-media installations, but she also known for her work in video, sculpture and photography. Hamilton has a Masters of Fine Arts from Yale University of Art, which she received in 1985 (Ann Hamilton Studio). Her work was described as, “a dense accumulation of materials, her ephemeral environments create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites” (Ann Hamilton Studio). A few of her works include: “The Event of a Thread,” “Indigo Blue” and “Human Carriage.”

“The Event of a Thread,” 2012

“The Event of a Thread” is an installation that played in various parts of the United States from 2012 to 2013. Park Avenue Armory, a place where the installation was demonstrated, described “The Event of a Thread” by saying that it “references the building’s architecture, as well as the individual encounters and congregational gatherings that have animated its rich social history.”

“Indigo Blue,” 2007

“Indigo Blue” was a project by Hamilton that took place in Charleston, South Carolina. Ann Hamilton Studio referred to the installation as “history that is based more in the somatic experience of the body than in the statistical accounting of events and facts.”

“Human Carriage,” 2009

The Human Carriage created a suspended ramp, similar to a zipline, from the top end of the Guggenheim’s parapet; the Guggenheim museum was located in New York from January 30th-April 19th 2009.

Matthew Barney

Matthew Barney was born on March 25, 1967 in Boise, Idaho. He is an artist who thrives in sculpture, video, photography and film. He began with creating sculptural installations mixed with video and performance (Wikipedia). Barney was recruited by Yale University to play football and study pre-med, but he also had intentions of studying art.

“The Cremaster Cycle,” 1994-2002

“The Cremaster Cycle” is a series of five American films created by Matthew Barney. Jonathon Jones in The Guardian described it as “one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema.” “The Cremaster Cycle” uses sculptures to explore the process of creation. The films look at early development of humans.

“The Drawing Restraint,” 1987-present

“The Drawing Restraint” is also a series of films by Barney that are still going on in present day. It’s similar to “The Cremaster Cycle” in the sense that it is examining human creation and development (Wikipedia).

“River of Fundament,” 2006-2014

“River of Fundament” is Barney’s most recent piece of work. It includes seven opera pieces and can be said that it is based on Normal Mailer’s Ancient Evenings. Wikipedia describes Ancient Evenings by saying, “It deals with the lives of two protagonists, one young, one old, in a very alien Ancient Egypt marked by journeys by the dead, reincarnation and violent and hyper-sexual gods and mortals in a complex combination of historical fiction.”

Works Cited
“Ancient Evenings.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Nov. 2014. Web. 21 Nov. 2014.
“Ann Hamilton Studio.” Ann Hamilton Studio. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2014.
“ANN HAMILTON: The Event of a Thread : Program & Events : Park Avenue Armory.” Park Avenue Armory. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2014.
“Matthew Barney.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Nov. 2014. Web. 21 Nov. 2014.

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