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of art movements as each new trend pushes aside the old, establishing itself as the latest thing before becoming outdated itself.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
Things That Look Like Art
Natural modernism
Biomorphic Abstraction miniatures
Shoebox Art Galleries
Primitive predecessors to the Art of the Modern Age gallery Dream House Diorama
A modernist take of the traditional natural history diorama of the Age of Wonder
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, 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
Ephemeral Abstraction
Assemblages made from windblown debris
Spontaneous drawings intended to illuminate various aspects of the Zymoglyphic region