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The American Journal of Semiotics

Volume 31, Issue 3/4, 2015

Semiotics and Logic / Semiotics and Art

Rebecca Dalvesco
Pages 397-416

Kandinsky and Chernikhov
Point, Line, and Plane

The artist Wassily Kandinsky and the architect Jacob Chernikhov have similar theories and philosophies that they apply to the following elements in their work: point, line, plane, color, and form. They use these elements to create a systematic method of building complex symbols to form a new visual language. Kandinsky and Chernikov incorporated into their philosophies diagrammatic reasoning in order to build a logical program or scientific method for architecture and design. The philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce’s semiotic, particularly his discussion of icon, index and symbol, will help to clarify how Kandinsky and Chernikov form emotional, dynamical architecture and art.

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