: Enseigne

These recent paintings are part of my continued inquiry in visual structures as communication media. Brightly colored and stark lineations are carefully constructed to be both idiosyncratic, but familiar. Inflexible glyphs reference the rigid designs we associate with perfectly printed symbols we use as written proxies for verbal intercourse. My emblems, however, are intentionally devoid of meaning (that is, they are asemic)— winnowing away the associations the viewer may bring to recognizable ideograms.

These newer paintings represent the jump from perceiving symbols as agents of linguistic meaning to interpreting them as bearers of identity.  The Enseigne and Baniere diptychs use a fictionalized heraldry as a framing device-- the use of symbols to describe identity and hereditary claims is an ancient custom that appears to be a universal human characteristic, transcending any single historical culture or region.  The Minor Enseigne work expands this fictional hierarchy.  The emblems here reference the morphology of Japanese familial crests combined with the dimensions and repetition associated with insignia and flags. Slab Stela and Scirian reference the byzantine assemblages of monumental stonework of ancient civilizations.