Here, Brandon Ballengee, artist and scientist, collaborates with communities around the world to bring awareness of environmental change. His source is the iconic feature of ancient civilizations, the pond. Ballengee's research follows the phenomena of mutation in the amphibian populations worldwide. Then, he uses his skill as an artist to create awareness of this biological variance, focusing his audience's attention on environmental transformation.
- Jeanne Iris
- 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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13 April, 2015
13 March, 2015
Yes, according to the official rules regarding our beloved United States flag, wrapping a baby in the flag is not on the list of appropriate uses.
However, these two photographs creatively illustrate my semiotic theory of iconic realism in that we see a baby, comfortably situated in the midst of a United States flag, held by a soldier in one photo and a responsible adult in the other. The photographers represent the infancy of hope, relying on adults to show strength and determination as facilitators of this human quality.
The future generations of U. S. citizens are dependent on the adults of this great nation to make decisions that will create an environment which enables these children to contribute their talents and skills to move humanity forward.
Photographs from Bing Images
17 December, 2014
Saint Elisabeth of Hungary
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
During the Christmas season, we see a lot of paintings depicting the birth of Jesus. As a woman of Hungarian ancestry (Lakatos is Hungarian for 'locksmith'), I was intrigued by this beautiful painting of St. Elisabeth of Hungary by Sandor Liezen-Mayer. Here, we see a Madonna-like figure and her infant child in a lowly state with Elisabeth extending her royal cloak to them.
An example of iconic realism, this painting illustrates the humility of the origins of Christian precepts and the balance of power when this humility extends from all levels of society. Liezen-Mayer does this through the variation of color, shading as well as interaction between the architecture and human figures. Tragically widowed at the age of 20, Szent Erzsébet devoted her short life to charitable works in Germany and Europe. She died in 1231, age 24.
Frank Capra's 'It's a Wonderful Life' and Iconic Realism (Click this title to view bar scene from the film.)
Photo from Google Images: bar scene from film, It's a Wonderful Life
The 1946 film, It's a Wonderful Life, produced and directed by Frank Capra, illustrates iconic realism through the character of Clarence the angel. Here, an icon of virtue takes the good-hearted man, George Bailey, by the hand to show him the positive impact he has made on the consciousness of his hometown.
This juxtaposition of the wealth in righteousness versus the poverty of the inane demonstrates how one individual's benevolent acts can positively affect the lives and ultimately the culture of a community.
Photo from Google Images of Charles Schulz's A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz illustrates iconic realism in that Schulz creates a film in which children, independent of adult supervision, prepare a presentation of the meaning of Christmas. Through his humble choice of a tree, the character, Charlie Brown, demonstrates the seasonal message of hope and love while the other children learn that through collaboration they, too, are able to understand the profound seasonal message of tolerance and good will as they create a delightful celebration of Christmas.
May you all be blessed with a lovely Holiday season!