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Peirce offers a richer system than does Saussure for the purpose of formulating a semiotics of visual art, for while Saussure tendsto focus on the arbitrary qualities of the linguistic sign proper, Peirce focuses on the motivated visual signs-the icon and the index-as well as the unmotivated sign proper. Peirce even isolates two useful sub-categories of the iconic sign: images and diagrams.

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The Conceptof Self and Postmodern Painting

 interesting to us because his invention, the science of semiotics, was a powerful influence on Saussure,whose linguistic metaphorhas become the foundation of twentieth century criticism: formalism, structuralism, poststructural- ism, and deconstruction.’19

Furthermore, Margaret Iversen insists that Peirce offers a richer system than does Saussure for the purpose of formulating a semiotics of visual art, for while Saussure tendsto focus on the arbitrary qualities of the linguistic sign proper,Peirce focuses on the motivated visual signs-the icon and the index-as well as the unmotivated sign proper. Peirce even isolates two useful sub-categories of the iconic sign: images and diagrams.20

 

Taking a cue from David Carrier in “The Deconstruction of Perspective,” I contend that traditional perspective satisfies a Cartesianviewer who relates to the external world in a series of momentary views, each located at a single point in space.

This external world is typically the world of nature in which,at anyone moment, all objects are viewed from a single location. Carrier maintainsthat such a Cartesian viewer presumes that this external world can be represented in a unified, picture-like construct.2′ Consequently, the unified, monolithic system of Renaissance perspective implies or constructs Cartesian viewers who are inclined to extend themselves visually into the pictorial space of a painting (which was inspired by nature). But such a Cartesian concept of self may have little relevance to today’s, perhaps more mature,pluralist society, which we now perceive to be influenced more by culture than by nature.(remember the biological determinism discourse?)

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