fullOM is the website of artist, designer and photographer David Roskilly, who lives and works in London. His work explores the idea of the intertextuality that exists on every surface of the modern visual environment, mostly unobserved but always present and it’s historical and continuing communication. It raises questions as to where this dialogue originates from and to where it extends. It is also concerned with the occurrence of the abstract against this backdrop.

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Intertextuality and the Continuum of Meaning

Intertextuality as a term was first introduced by the semiotician Julia Kristeva in the late sixties, meaning amongst other things that a literary work is not simply the product of a single author, but is created through its relationship to other texts and to the structures of language. Kristeva proposed that all signifying systems are constituted by the manner in which they transform earlier signifying systems as, much in the same way, layer transforms layer on the surfaces of our city streets.

If Intertextuality is the shaping of a text's meaning by another text, then the visual environment that we are constantly exposed to must be shaped by what has come before, what is surrounding and the constant change, addition, subtraction and redaction by street artist, tagger, workman, political activist, advertiser and of course, weather. It’s also shaped by the journey we make as, mostly unconsciously, we are imprinted by what is in our surroundings.

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Intertextuality and the Continuum of Meaning

Intertextuality as a term was first introduced by the semiotician Julia Kristeva in the late sixties, meaning amongst other things that a literary work is not simply the product of a single author, but is created through its relationship to other texts and to the structures of language. Kristeva proposed that all signifying systems are constituted by the manner in which they transform earlier signifying systems as, much in the same way, layer transforms layer on the surfaces of our city streets.

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Abstraction

Isolate anything enough from it’s surroundings and it immediately takes on the quality of abstraction. It’s interesting that artists throughout history and particularly those abstract artists like Jackson Pollack or John Hoyland should spend so much time agonising over making a mark when workmen do it perfectly and just so on the streets every day without ever agonising or even particularly thinking about it.

Unused wooden panels stacked up against a fence in a garden, forgotten and left to the elements become perfect and complex abstract works when the correct process of observation and isolation happens.

Cosmos

Texture and wear on a black wall of a derelict building in a backstreet of an old city seems to contain everything that exists anywhere, perfectly harmonious and in a sublime state of order. It’s fundamentally paradoxical that an ordered system or a system where order prevails can occur in the chaos of the analogue world but it seems that it can and it does.

Of course that same Cosmos can be seen in everything at any time if we can manage to focus finely enough and so adopt the sufficiently increased levels of magnification required. But some things just seem to suggest it stronger to me than others.

Analogue

If analogue is constituted of signals or information represented by a continuously variable physical quantity, it’s only in the recent decades of focus on the digital domain that we compare finite resolution with the infinite resolution of nature.

The palm trees were photographed with the finite resolution of a digital camera but observed with the infinite resolution of the human eye and brain. There is a deeper quality of intertextuality here but although I have stared at the same palm trees on the same beach over some years they still remain mysterious to me. Analogue asks questions that require more than the function of thinking to resolve.

Abstraction

Isolate anything enough from it’s surroundings and it immediately takes on the quality of abstraction.

Cosmos

Texture and wear on a black wall of a derelict building in a backstreet of an old city seems to contain everything that exists anywhere, perfectly harmonious and in a sublime state of order.

Analogue

If analogue is constituted of signals or information represented by a continuously variable physical quantity, it’s only in the recent decades with focus on the digital domain that we compare finite resolution with the infinite resolution of nature.

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