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Title:Nature, Death, and Spirituality in the Work of David Wojnarowicz
Author(s):Rizk, Mysoon
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Fineberg, Jonathan
Department / Program:Art History
Discipline:Art History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:A collage aesthetic dominated Wojnarowicz's fifteen-year career. He developed it, as a formal strategy, into an astonishing diversity of manifestations, with varying media, contexts, and a range of overall effects. Through collage, he depicted the collision between the personal and the social, between the margins and the mainstream, between a disappeared past and an apocalyptic present, while conveying the intensity of our age's information overload. His use of pre-printed materials alluded to the insidious pervasiveness of the pre-invented world, able to coat all available surfaces and infect every aspect of being. The amalgamated bodies of his cyborg protagonists evoked key elements of the postmodern condition: a fragmented sense of identity, an alienating loss of organic coherence, and an irrevocable disconnectedness from prior history.
Issue Date:1997
Description:290 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9812754
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:1997

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