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Ukiyo-e: Pictures of the Floating World

Friday, 28 March 2014 13:50 Written by María Ibarí

Ceramics stamped with images of ukiyo-e, intervened with visual elements of cultural industries and consumer societies take us back to bricolage. This technique is based on the rearrangement of existing elements placed in the same text to create a new syntax. Bricolage involves the dislocation and reinsertion of signs into a single composition. Gómez invites us to think about the functions of art, as a device for analysis and reflection on social practices such as consumerism, which also becomes a commodity in globalized societies. This takes us back to the production of artists such as Masami Teraoka, who since the 1970s and 1980s have created works using the tradition of ukiyo-e to criticize consumer society.
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