Modernism = The more “out there” the better. In this cluttered world, you have to really be different to stand out from the crowd and get noticed. Modernism is edgy. I suppose it’s fair enough to want to change and improve old styles and eras that now feel outdated. It is also, liberating to take a look in to yourself and create, unlimited by cultural norms and social precepts. Modernism came about through people reacting to oppressive uncontrollable forces, like the First World War. People hate being controlled by other people. It makes something rise up within you and push and struggle and fight back. That’s what this Art style has to say. It’s yelling out, “Hey, I’m here. This is me. You can’t stop me”
Historians find it difficult to describe the style specifically because it’s not identical every time. That’s because it’s produced by individuals that so do not want to be limited by anything, that they create reactively. They’re as unique as they can be. All positive stuff. I’m all for people discovering who they are and living it to the full. Do not be held back by any fear or lie or insecurity.
Of course this must be held in tension: you being you shouldn’t stop other people being them. Some Modernist creations were made to invoke a response. They hoped the public would agree with their beliefs, and join in their fight against oppression and create change. This can be good. You have to see something to understand it, and what better way than the arts for demonstrating injustice.
I just don’t believe fighting is the solution. Even if it’s with a paintbrush not a gun. Let people’s eyes be opened yes; speak so that they understand, yes. Just be cautious. They must still be allowed to think what they think, otherwise, how different are you than the leaders you find so unjust?
Anyway! All this to say, I finished the other 6 journals from the journal project, and embossed the edges. Hence the rant about being edgy! The journals are for public use: anybody can write their dreams, passions, ideas, strategies, and pinpoint what needs to change in these specific sections of our culture.