Posts Tagged ‘art’

Nathan R – Pastiche!

Posted: September 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Because there was a question about what pastiche was in class, and I saw this this morning on Facebook, I thought I would share it.

So the definition of pastiche is:

pastiche |paˈstēSH, pä-|

noun an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period: the operetta is a pastiche of 18th century styles | the songs amount to much more than blatant pastiche.• an artistic work consisting of a medley of pieces taken from various sources.

verb [ with obj. ]imitate the style of (an artist or work): Gauguin took himself to a Pacific island and pastiched the primitive art he found there.ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from French, from Italian pasticcio, based on late Latin pasta ‘paste.’

So, for example, this would be an example:


Another example would be using recognizable samples of in rap/hip hop, such as famously Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” using the same base line as Queen’s (far better song) “Under Pressure.”

It literally means to paste something in.


I’d like to further probe an idea that I brought up in class: that “Art” and “entertainment” exist in a sort of symbiotic relationship. I presented the thought that the more crap the entertainment industry produces for the masses, and for mass consumption, the harder the artists resist, and push back, attempting to create anything that is contrary to the norm. Counterculture cannot exist without culture. The mainstream is needed in order for truly resistant Art to flourish. Similar ideas are proposed in the attached video by Henry Rollins, vocalist of the legendary hardcore/punk band Black Flag. He argues that music, as an art form, is strengthened by the superfluous amount of marketed, manufactured “music” that is sold on the radio and MTV. When a band resists or denies the opportunity to be popularized, they maintain their credibility as artists.

Industry co-opts art. That is an undeniable fact, and part of the evolution of society. Innovation eventually becomes part of the mainstream, and then commodified and commercialized until it no longer holds any artistic value, only monetary value. Despicable though this process may be, it is how subcultures come into existence. Only when an idea, or genre of music, or style of painting, or any form of expression becomes the norm, can a new form of art come into existence. This process is part of how we, as part of human culture, and the culture industry, progress.