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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!

Thank you for visiting. I hope you will find the information insightful. ~ Dr. Jeanne Iris
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I have demonstrated or will demonstrate the application of this theory at the following locations:
November, 2016 @ Massachusetts Maritime Academy:
"A Terrible Beauty is Born"...The Semiotic Theory of Iconic Realism and William Butler Yeats' poem, Easter 1916
April, 2016 @ University of Notre Dame:
A 'Daughter of Attila' Speaks: The Semiotic Theory of Iconic Realism in the Cultural Identity of Irish Celts and Magyars
Dates pending: I will present the theory of iconic realism at universities and art institutes which have purchased my book.

13 August, 2011

Gary Russo, NYC Construction Worker, and Iconic Realism (Click this title to view Mr. Russo singing.)

photo from Google Images

Those who visit any major construction site in Manhattan instantly become aware of the resilience that is needed to persevere in rebuilding an area of the world with millions of eyes attending to every detail. Cameras installed at the Ground Zero construction site monitor every movement of the rebuilding process there. These multi-sensory experiences in lower Manhattan: the cacophony from construction crews, visual monitors and the many artistic renderings of the human reaction to the process of rebuilding, all create a living example of the semiotic theory of iconic realism.

In particular, one construction worker at the 2nd Avenue subway site demonstrates this theory. His name is Gary Russo, and he has made it his mission to bring awareness of the beauty of music right in the midst of the barrage of sound associated with the machines involved in this subway construction. Passersby experience his crooning with recorded big band musical accompaniment, and soon their sensory bombardment is melodically soothed with the songs of the musical icon, Frank Sinatra.  

       Iconic representation of art within any community develops from that community’s awareness of the connection between artist endeavor and human consciousness. When the community understands that each artist is contributing to the possible transformation of consciousness, fresh ideas offer the possibility for growth in the potential for change.