Ceci n’est pas une pipe
The title of this work translates as ‘This is not a pipe’ and refers directly to the famous ‘The Treachery of Images' (French: La trahison des images) – painting by surrealist René Magritte. Magritte was pointing that what is visible isn't necessarily real, that representation of pipe, painted by him, is just a representation and not an actual pipe. Magritte didn't paint a pipe, he has painted a painting. Vladimir Umanet's work doesn't represent any figurative scene. It's an abstract painting, made more in a style of American action painting. But with its title, the author suggests, that what is shown, is indeed a representation of a pipe (the same as Magritte has painted in 1928–1929) in the form of dripping black [paint] on the fragment of wooden architectural element. This kind of thinking derives from the idea of Yellowism, which concentrates on the possibility of reversing of meanings.
© Vladimir Umanets. All rights reserved.
Photo: © Vladimir Umanets. All rights reserved.