Upon Reflection: parody, satire and irony in the prints of Barry Cleavin
Thesis DisciplineArt History
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This thesis considers the ways in which the prints of Barry Cleavin utilise parody, satire and irony in a myriad of complex and inter-related ways. Cleavin understands the possibility of alternative interpretations, and by presenting this in his art he encourages his viewers to actively participate in the forming of questions. This can for reflection relates to our understanding of pictorial conventions and art historical traditions, as well as to contemporary society, our use of language and the incongruities ofthe human condition. In considering parody, satire and irony in Cleavin's prints, this thesis shows that they are not simply separate devices employed only occasionally, but rather that an three are inter-related and inextricably linked to Cleavin's search to provoke questions, disturb complacencies, and present alternative realities.