Ceci n’est pas une pipe

René Magritte: Ceci n'est pas une pipe, oil on canvas 1929, County Museum of Art, Los Angeles









‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’ (2010) is both a critique and hommage to modern and postmodern conception of view on art in which I have been inspired by an anonymous photograph found in a book giving to my work an dimension of a ready-made approach but at the same time I wanted to re-tell the object (the anal penetration/sex between two men) as a painting on canvas giving to the observer a possibility to assist to this sexual act in a very voyeuristic and anonymous way. I immediately associated this work to Magritte and his famous ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’ (1929) transfering meaning of the title of his canvas (‘This is not a pipe’) to :’This is not a blow-job’ because the French word ‘pipe’ could be translated as pipe and blow-job at the same time. What and for which reason do we decide to observe an art work, the scene it represents, and which sense are we ready to give it, and why ? – these were the questions that preoccupied me in my artistic research concerning this work of art.

Michal Korman: Ceci n'est pas une pipe, oil on canvas, 81x100 cm, Paris 2010
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