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绘画与符号学

• 出版日期:2020-09-15 发布日期:2020-08-13
• 作者简介:丁尔苏,博士,中国香港岭南大学英文系教授。研究方向:英美文学、西方文论、比较文学。电子邮箱:ersuding@ln.edu.hk。
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此文是国家社会科学基金项目“艺术符号学的当代建构研究”(项目号19AZW005)的阶段性成果。

Painting and Semiotics

Ding Ersu

• Online:2020-09-15 Published:2020-08-13

Abstract: That “paintings are signs” is a very controversial statement, but if we say that “paintings often make use of signs”, everyone seems to agree. To this extent, semiotics, which studies the life of signs, can be helpful to our understanding of pictorial art. There are of course different schools of thought under the umbrella of “semiotics” and not all of them can deliver an equal contribution to our effort in that direction. Saussure's structuralist theory, for example, focuses on the internal relationships between signs and neglects the important role of non-linguistic signs, hence its lack of explanatory power when confronted with visual texts. In contrast, Peirce's theory of logic is attentive enough to subjectivity in semiosis, especially in the form of indexical and iconic reasoning, which holds great potential for helping us better understand the operation of painterly signs. Put simply, painting as a special form of human communication relies heavily on iconicity between “representamen” and its “object”, but this is only the first step on our way towards the hidden meaning of a visual text. To achieve the latter goal, we also need, often but not always through indexical reasoning, make connections between a painting and the socio-historical context in which it is produced and received. Compared with iconic correspondences, indexical relations are far more arbitrary and therefore extremely difficult to reconstruct. The task of semioticians is to help reduce the gap between the creation of a painterly sign and its reception to the best of their ability.

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