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Forging the PastSeth and the Art of Memory$
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Daniel Marrone

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496807311

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2017

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496807311.001.0001

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Style and the Appearance of Authenticity

Style and the Appearance of Authenticity

(p.19) 1 Style and the Appearance of Authenticity
Forging the Past

Daniel Marrone

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter considers the materiality and appearance of Seth’s work and attempts to determine how a sense of authenticity becomes visible to the reader. Particular attention is paid to the influence of New Yorker cartoonist Peter Arno on Seth’s drawing style which strongly recalls a bygone era of cartooning. Seth’s pages seem charged with the tension between authenticity and the artifice used to conjure it. This is understood as something of a double move on Seth’s part: because artifice is not “natural” or effortless, it can seem to slide away from authenticity; at the same time, however, the evidence of craft and effort reveals the reality of the human hand that must work to create the polished appearance. Seth uses style as a historicizing discourse – in much the same way that art historians do – and his style ultimately becomes a meta-discourse that comments on the concept of style itself.

Keywords:   Style, Authenticity, Design, Drawing, Artifice

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