Category Archives: Symbols


Enough evidence
Measured empirically
Propounds the view

Out in the middle of the street, age and random crushing forms an aesthetic object full of curiosity.

“Alas, a few years ago, I should have said “my universe”: but now my mind has been opened to higher views of things.” – Edwin A. Abbott


Particular specified form
Certain divergent respects
Iteration identity sequence

In an attempt to augment individual uniqueness over sameness, names and numbers can help to establish a relational identity, as mere labels for a set of problems. Gottfried Leibniz established the modern formulation of identity, stipulating that x is the same as y if and only if every predicate true of x is true of y as well. Of course, truth is just as slippery as equivalence.

“Ordinary people are products of their environment and fit in. Artists transcend their environment and stand out.” – Oliver Gaspirtz

Natural Flow

Repeated cycles
Generally portrayed
Different seasonal aspects

Narrowly focused on immediate and present conditions, the idea of time as consisting of endlessly reiterated oscillations is perhaps useful.

“Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Exceptional Coolness

Woven wall
Spatial attributes
Flexibility and texture

An interesting range of textures, contained within a geometrical abstraction, is here punctuated by a single distinct expressive element of written speech.

“Much of what I make is geometric, and has a kind of almost mathematical logic to the form.” – Anish Kapoor


Advanced transportation
Exhaustive forces
Cultural diffusion

In its older philosophical signification, spiritualism denotes a system that maintains an independent existence of an immaterial reality imperceptible by sensation. This implies cosmic forces lying beyond the reach of utterly materialistic interpretations.

“In order to advance with the moving reality, you must replace yourself within it. Install yourself within change, and you will grasp at once both change itself and the successive states in which it might at any instant be immobilized.” – Henri Bergson

Parlance of our Time

Back story
Break down
Explanation context

Comfortably imbibing surrounding things – an amalgam of austere objects and images – power and influence have a vast reach. Despite a great refinement, in fact, very little is real. We each have our own version of events.

“When one creates a psychedelic film, one need not create a film that shows the visions of a person who has taken a pill; rather, one needs to manufacture the pill.” – Alejandro Jodorowsky

Never the Less

Through the mask
Determining means

In the latent potential of immanence, the inner side of things offer a spiritual entree into a veiled material world of which we are a constituent. The fundamental tendency, that creative subjectivity is disclosed and manifested in all artwork, even without the artist willing or knowing it, passes through successive stages.

“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.” – Alfred North Whitehead

Heuristic Way

Mental shortcut
Cognitive load
Decision making

Cryptic numbers and symbols mysteriously appear around manhole covers, consistent with human causation.

“If there is a problem you can’t solve, then there is an easier problem you can solve: find it.” – George Pólya

Other Levels

Further elaboration
Inspection specificity
Quickly distinct

No virtue of the intellect can live in isolation, but rather in an integrated system of beliefs and values.

“Using the design of the American flag took care of a great deal for me because I didn’t have to design it. So I went on to similar things like the targets – things the mind already knows. That gave me room to work on other levels.” – Jasper Johns

Must Signify

Way by which
Meaning implicates
More than it is

Poetic intuition is creative with respect to the engendering of the work, and cognitive with respect to what is grasped by the work. Creative intuition is cognitive in considering internal and external reality, directed toward concrete existence as connatural to the soul infused by a given emotion.

“We are aware of things, and what we are aware of–with the attendant sensible qualities–is held to have an existence independent of our own activity.” – John W. Hanke