The Modern Age


In the Modern Age, Zymoglyphic art becomes more formalized and self-referential, more about art itself than serving a specific function in cultural life. We see a succession of art movements as each new trend pushes aside the old, establishing itself as the latest thing before becoming outdated itself. Artists reject the notion of well-crafted, narrative painting and sculpture (in a land of indolent dreamers, this was never very popular anyway, but it was now justified on theoretical grounds).

Zymoglyphic Art of the Modern Age Gallery

Dream House Diorama

Cybernetic Aquarium

Shoebox Art Gallery

Zymoglyphic Art of the Modern Age Gallery
    Found Art, also known as TTLLA (Things That Look Like Art)
    Natural modernism
    Miniature variations on Biomorphic Abstraction

The Dream House Diorama is a modernist take of the traditional natural history diorama of the Age of Wonder

The Cybernetic Aquarium is small but remarkable collection of digitally-based organisms captured on the museum's recent expedition into cyberspace

Shoebox art galleries were a primitive predecessor to the Art of the Modern Age gallery

Natural Modernism

Biomorphic Abstraction

Cloud Sculptures


The major movements

Each new style or medium is inevitably a recasting of traditional forms. The curiosity cabinets and dioramas of the Age of Wonder reappear in modern form as shoebox art galleries. The Natural Modernists and the cloud sculptures of the School of Ephemeral Abstraction, for example, draw on the tradition of viewing stones of the Era of Oriental Influence.

Natural Modernism - A prime example of nature imitating art

Biomorphic Abstraction - Acrylic paintings that explore the notion of evolution from the primordial ooze

Cloud sculptures - Assemblages made from windblown debris by the School of Ephemeral Abstraction

Sketches - Spontaneous drawings intended to illuminate various aspects of the Zymoglyphic region