May 18, 2009

Definition :

The theory and study of signs and symbols, especially as elements of language or other systems of communication, and comprising semantics, syntactics, and pragmatics.

semiotician semi·o·tician

Semiotics is a wide spectrum of many things to do with communication, type, imagery and what holds them all together. Whether it be a Sign post on the street to a comic strip in a magazine, semiotics is the word for it all. 

This image painted by Magritte around 1928, is almost an ironic semiotic. This is because it is  communicating a pipe but then saying (with the text) that it is not a pipe. I chose this painting to show this because it is a controversially challenging semiotic. Does it agree with the rules ? or does it break them ?.

Here is another image explaining a different type of semiotics…

these signs are clearly stating instructions,  in which you have to follow (communication). Signs are usally in no more than two colours and the colours are usally bold and bright to make people aware of the information the signs are tyring to give e.g Danger in shocking red.



May 18, 2009


Modernism is a style that grows to fit new era’s , cultural tendencies and culturalmovements, it is the style that puts all traditional art in the past. Pop art was a big change to the Art scene, with artists like Andy Warhole, Jasper Johns and Keith Haring, they broke the boundary’s and made people think more deeply into what art is and how it should be.

This is a Jasper Johns Piece, an explosion of colour and text imitatingthe wrong colours inside. It breaks all rules of traditional paintings for example he has used a mixture of hot and cold colours together to create chaos . I absolutely love it, its amazing to look at! and makes you feel vulnerable but alive.

Modernism in my opinion was the best thing to ever happen to art, beforeit was to predictable, but now there are no boundary’s or were to stop. It has widened the scale of art and has made more people question art work, also given people opinions for there own.