Horse in Banbury, Connecticut

Horse in Banbury, Connecticut

The Photograph:

A horse in Danbury, Connecticut

Introduction:

My Photo
Current: Danbury, CT, United States
Welcome! A few years ago, I discovered an application that artists employ in their works to bring cultural awareness to their audiences. Having discerned this semiotic theory that applies to literature, music, art, film, and the media, I have devoted the blog, "Theory of Iconic Realism" to explore this theory. The link to the publisher of my book is below. If you or your university would like a copy of this book for your library or if you would like to review it for a scholarly journal, please contact the Edwin Mellen Press at the link listed below. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Thank you for visiting. I hope you will find the information insightful. ~ Jeanne Iris

xo

09 April, 2014

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg and Iconic Realism




But above the gray land and the spasms of bleak dust, which drift endlessly over it, you perceive, after a moment, the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic—their irises are one yard high. They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose. Evidently, some wild wag of an oculist set them there to fatten his practice in the borough of Queens, and then sank down himself into eternal blindness, or forgot them and moved away. But his eyes, dimmed a little by many paintless days, under sun and rain, brood on over the solemn dumping ground. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter 2



In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg peer across the ‘dumping ground’ of American spirit. This example of iconic realism portrays eyes as the ‘windows of the soul’ of a country steeping in corruption and superficiality. Fitzgerald places these eyes on an old billboard, gazing across a field of forgotten possessions, bringing into focus awareness of America’s consciousness to be ever vigilant of the forefathers’ intentions of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’

03 June, 2013

Winged Inspiration


Today
a bee flies wistfully
nectar-gathering for the hive.

Today
a butterfly shares the space
of time and floral beauty,
collecting heavenly nourishment.

Today
The lavender grows more alluring
in service
to its insect guests.

Today
As I view this treasured scene
of serenity and industry,
I am compelled
to make a difference
for Tomorrow.

© Jeanne I. Lakatos

14 September, 2012

Chrysler Corp. Ad, "Imported from Detroit," and Iconic Realism (Click onto this title to view the ad.)

photo from Google images
"This is the Motor City, and this is what we do," states the singer, Eminem, in the Chrysler Corp. commercial aired for the first time during Super Bowl XLV.  In this commercial, a narrator defines luxury while the audience views a montage of iconic images of Detroit, Michigan, the "Motor City."

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, where my father worked as a paint chemist for Chrysler, I must say that I was pretty proud of those images. Positive images juxtaposed with affirmative statements illustrate a contrary point of view to that which the current world media has presented of the Motor City. This use of iconic realism brings into focus the cultural reality of the U.S. automotive industry and the possibilities associated with innovation and perseverance in any community.

And what vehicle to I drive? Why, a Jeep Liberty, of course!

06 March, 2012

The Tiny Hand of Samuel Armas

Photo from Google Images


In 1999, Michael Clancy captured on film the little hand of Samuel Armas, held here by Vanderbilt University Hospital surgeon, Dr. Joseph Bruner. The iconic element here is the hand of the human fetus, for it represents life, innocence, complete vulnerability. This is an excellent example of iconic realism in photography, for one would never think that the connection between a 21 week old human in the womb and a surgeon could physically take place in this manner. One cultural dilemma that this photograph reveals is the debate between abortion and the infant's right to life. Moreover, this photograph brings to mind the limitations and possibilities of medical science as well as the beauty in the touch of a human hand. 

14 February, 2012

Rodin's "The Kiss" and Iconic Realism

Photo of Rodin's The Kiss from Google Images

August Rodin’s The Kiss illustrates an iconic human act of a loving embrace. However, the two individuals do not touch. The significance of this is the key to understanding the iconic realism in this work of art. These two lovers emulate a common, human activity, yet this embrace, sculpted to express lack of physical contact, creates certain dissonance. The message from this careful configuration could be that humanity longs to embrace life fully, as an act of love; however, certain parameters prevent this occurrence. Other possible interpretations may involve a sense of detachment. Regardless of the interpretation, this sculpture exemplifies iconic realism in that there is an iconic structure, placed in a realistic setting that does not conform to the accepting reality of intimacy. Through this juxtaposition, the artist illustrates cultural liberation, an innovation for the era in which it was sculpted.