Cabinet with three cupboards and three drawers.

About Postmodern Design, the 3 types of sign . . . 

Elements were chosen for their symbolic values and use language as a model. The three linguistic signs, symbol, index and icon are employed in and exemplified by the design.

Structural components, indeed everything, was created for their symbolic values. The design use language as outlined in the structural linguistics of Ferdinand du Saussure as a model. They refer to the teachings at the Bauhaus. In particular Itten, Klee and Kandinsky, and research into the essence of the subject. In this case the subject is Capitalism. The outcome is this Postmodern Design. I cover this methodology in more detail in my book, The Symbolic Significance of Colour Line and Form. Where I also discuss postmodern furniture by Ettore Sottsass the founder of the Memphis Group. Memphis Milano very kindly granted me permission to include examples his work in my book. 

Meaning . . . 

Laissez-faire tells a story about Capitalism. The ideological definition is, that the earths natural resources are transformed through process in to utility and wealth to the benefit of mankind.  However, this has changed through time and now it’s utility is mostly superfluous.  It exploits the earth, it’s oceans and resources and the people involved in its process and those who are benefactors of its utility.  It has fostered an era of individualism and separation that is lacking humanity.

Development . . .

The skulls are developed from photos I took at Choeung Ek, Cambodia and is an iconic sign.  I needed a random, organic pattern to represent the Earths natural resources for the base and developed the Stuff pattern.  By sprinkling barley onto a plane white background and then through photo, drawing and computer techniques to achieve the end visual result and an indexical sign. The colours, forms and configuration were chosen for their symbolic values and are a symbolic sign. Laissez-faire employs and demonstrates the three types of sign found in language, icon, index, symbol as structural components in it’s design, confirming it’s visual narrative.

The creative process is in two steps, the first results in a painting that is a symbolic representation of the subject and the second step is to use the images as structural components in the final outcome.

Laissez-faire 1, was the solution at the end of the first stage. 
(Shortlisted by the Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition). 
Acrylic on linen, height 90 cm x 150

Laissez-faire, acrylic and mixed media on linen, 90 cm x 150 cm

There is no variation in the language from the furniture through the paintings to the silver and gold cuff bracalets.  They are all part of a lexicon of signs comparable to written and spoken language. 

Laissez-faire, Elements.
Acrylic on canvas, 30 cm x 30 cm.


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