allusive / theme
It is natural to make associations, to cull from sources meaning dependent on or reminiscent of other ones; a desire to create sense and to contextualize our world makes us strive to find connection and form a basis of significance around this. Much art toys and takes advantage of this, in turn alluding to the tendency itself. The postmodern era has become largely defined by its allusive tendencies, but no art has been lacking in it; some works strive to make allusions a deeper and more intrinsic element of their aesthetic and intellectual fabric, but none may deny their beholders this most elementary of human cognitive abilities.
Themes represent basic categories of thought, emotion, or value. While our assignment of themes may at times seem arbitrary or whimsical, they serve to link together artists and movements along non- hierarchial pathways. Follow the themes to look for new disciplines that share qualities with those you already like, or to open up new worlds of Art and Culture.