'The conscious play with style (...) has a long history, and is apparent in, for example, Mannerism, Rococo, Art Nouveau. It is a hall mark of Post-Modernism of course (think of Memphis furniture design). However, playing with style in no way escapes style. A collage such as Matthew Richardson’s produced for the V&A, reveals some of the complexities and contradictions of style. His work skilfully appropriates source materials (each with a specific and identifiable origin), in order to build something new to effectively communicate an idea. Richardson himself explains that he is interested in a utilitarian use and play of images as ‘signs’ and does not set out to create ‘style’ per se.'
Link to my webpage with images for V&A
Link to Varoom Magazine