Symbol #1
Symbol #1

Symbol #1

March 18 th 2011
Symbol #1

Digital Print
5" x 6.5"

Symbol #1 is the first image in a planned body of work that investigates the tension between symbols and the actual ideas, places, things, etc., that the symbols represent. Ultimately, the work is a reminder of the power and limitations of symbols, as well as the problem of exalting the symbol to a higher status than the signified.

In Symbol #1, tension is increased by situating a symbol that is perceived to have a very "fixed" denotative meaning (i.e. American Flag=America), into tension with an overarching connotative meaning conveyed in the actual physical and environmental space of America.

Symbol #1 is a means to challenge or question any adulation that might be placed on a symbol and probe its relationship with that symbol's meaning.

Topics: Arts
David Kasparek
David Kasparek

David Kasparek is a graphic designer, artist, and an associate professor of graphic design at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. He received his Master of Graphic Design (MGD) from North Carolina State University's College of Design in Raleigh, N.C. His work has appeared in national and international publications such as The Big Book of Graphic Design (Collins Design), Graphic Design and Religion (GIA), Print Magazine, Typography 3: Global Vision (Duncan Baird Publishers), and Two-Color Graphics (Rockport). He has exhibited his work at various venues, including Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, and Biola University in La Mirada CA (a joint exhibition with painter, Daniel Finch). David lives in the Harrisburg, PA, area with his wife and two children. David is always interested in working with nice individuals on interesting and creative projects. Please feel free to view his work and contact him via his website at


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