Socrates' Echoes

 

In this series, I use abstract symbols to depict the various ways we fight for the truth and the threats to it in the age of mass communication and information manipulation. The subject depicted ranges from the Socratic Method or to the fleetingness of phenomena; from Malala's fight girls' right to education to Siddhartha's road to enlightenment; from Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web  to the firewall and the Dark Web.

 

All my paintings start with an idea. Using a crisp visual vocabulary, based on a single building block consisting of bars of various sizes, colors and textures, I give form to the idea. The Spiral symbol, standing for the dialectical Socratic Method in the search for truth, is a recurring, unifying image in my work. The twisting, pulsing forms denote either the force of chaos, or that of light & life, depending on context. Colors & textures are deployed for their emotional content. 

 

My intention is to apply my visual vocabulary to represent a multitude of ideas from various spheres of human thought – philosophy, sciences, politics, popular culture, etc…  Insofar as the viewer can grasp the idea through the visual construct in a Zen-like manner – as in deciphering a mathematical equation – and is prompted to engage in critical thinking, I have achieved my purpose.

The Human Condition IV
The Human Condition IV

36W x 48H x 1.5T in, textured acrylic

Balancing Act II
Balancing Act II

36W x 48H x 1.5T in, textured acrylic

Balancing Act
Balancing Act

30W x 30H x 1T in, acrylic

The Human Condition IV
The Human Condition IV

36W x 48H x 1.5T in, textured acrylic

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Abstract art: the Socrate's Echoes series