Cabinet with three cupboards and three drawers.
Laissez-faire refers to unregulated Capitalism, a graceless and shallow subject. It sucks up the natural natural resources of the earth. It transforms them through labour, into wealth, for the few, while causing death and hardship for the many.
The promise of the production of utility that benefits the masses has been exploited to the extreme by advances in psychology and in marketing. Utility is mostly redundant replaced by mass market, disposable and unnecessary junk.
Look at Laissez-faire, both the painting and the article;
Laissez-faire, the solution at the end of the first stage.
Laissez-faire employs the three linguistic signs; symbol, index and icon.
The structural configuration of Laissez-faire uses signs similar to the principles of the structure of language (Structural Linguistics, Structuralism), as laid out by Ferdinand de Saussure, Course in General Linguistics. Saussure is the father of modern Linguistics. His work has influenced most of the Social Sciences.
In design, Postmodernism, follows culture. Like written and spoken language, design language and visual language comprises of an arrangement of signs, a signifier and a signified in a context with meaning.
The approach to the project is in two parts. The first part is to decide unambiguously on a subject. Followed by research and development on paper aiming for a clear final outcome that summarises the subject concisely. This research and development is best done when there is no final product in mind so as not to bias the outcome. Without clarity here, the second part cannot begin.
The second part is to use the elements from the first part as structural components in the design of an object, now to be decided. Consider choosing an object that contributes to the overall significance of the subject. The significance of the configuration and function of elements should be kept in mind and contribute to the overall significance of the finished article.
The whole process is to ensure that everything signifies what you intend it to signify and not a pop-up prototype from the designer’s unconscious.
My work has been categorised as postmodernism or postmodern design and I’m not sure that this is a comfortable home for it. Perhaps at the very extreme of postmodernism there’s a gate and path to where it truly belongs.
Acrylic and mixed media on linen, 90 cm x 150 cm
Organic Stuff, developed for Laissez-faire
A Limitless Fixed Pattern