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Stick Figures

July 16, 2012 by annie

This piece is a walking John Berger book. It is semiotics come to life. I guess I am now forced to succinctly explain semiotics for those of you who never took Art History 101. Okay, I’m going to try and sum up Ways of Seeing in 6 words. Language, Signs, Interpretation, Art, Iconography, Cultural relativism. I made it in 7, that was exhausting. But it’s your own fault for not take a damn course.

In any case, these photographs are a collection of stills from an ongoing art instillation titled The Pedestrian Project. Beginning in 1995, the artist Yvette Helin created this piece by costuming performers to ressemble generic women and men, so often seen on bathroom signs or Ikea instruction books. Of course no human actually looks like this, but we have all come to understand the significance of a circle, a triangle, and four lines. Her artist statement reads, “Mimicking the lives of everyday people, the roaming sculptural forms inspire the imaginations of onlookers, who often find themselves mesmerized as these familiar icons assume busy lives of their own.”

For me, the fascination lies in the two-dimensional in the three-dimensional world. I feel a bit like Harold and his Purple Crayon.

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