One Asterisk I

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One Asterisk I, 2020
uv cured inkjet on shaped/cut-out aluminum panel
dimensions vary (44hw x 48″w overall), edition of 3

Here I celebrate the underestimated asterisk. The iconography of the Asterisk is deeply embedded in the human psyche. The symbol of the asterisk, ubiquitous today, used in computer language and mathematics has ancient roots going back to pre-history in cave paintings by ice age humans. The word Asteriskos in greek means “little star”. Used in language to correct defects, the first known use is by the Greek scholar of Homeric poetry, Aristarchus of Samothrace, to mark duplicate lines in written text. In todays language it is used to tone down expletives, a common example being f**k. ⁠

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