This is not a pipe!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

636x460design_01-3I was looking at old designs on threadless.com that I want them to reprint and I came across a Mario one I liked.  It has the image of the green Mario pipe with the evil flower coming out of it and underneath it says “Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” Translated from French to English that says, “This is not a pipe.” If you’ve taken enough of or just the right art classes, then you might already know where I’m going with this.

ma-31824080-WEBThe point of my story is that this reference is actually from a painting by Belgian René Magritte in 1929.  The artist painted a smoking pipe with the same French words written below it.  Apparently there were people that wanted to argue with the message because the image was clearly that of a pipe to them. But the piece’s title, The Treachery of Images, makes the artists point a little clearer.  This is not a pipe but rather the image of a pipe.  The distinction being that while the image looks like a pipe, it cannot perform the functions of a pipe.  Take it a step further though and this painting could be on giant mindf**k.  You start thinking about the connection of words to objects to images and it goes to a “what’s in a name?” sort of place until you’ve lost all sense of meaning to words all together.  What even is a word except a group of sounds lumped together to represent an object or idea?  Or you could just look at it and say, “oh those crazy surrealists, keeping everyone on their toes.”

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  1. Classic! Thanks for the unique insight!

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  2. Check this out: http://www.bewareofimages.com/ They’re doing good work. Later~xx

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