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06 / Single Works / 2003
01 / Resting head / 2003
02 / Leaves / 2003 / 50x62cm / handmade black frame / 1400
02 / Leaves / 2003 / 50x62cm / handmade black frame / 1400
03 / Balance / 2003 / 65x112.5cm / handmade oak frame / 1800
03 / Balance / 2003 / 65x112.5cm / handmade white frame / 1800
04 / Ce n'est pas une pipe / 2003 / 60x118cm / mounted on board / 1700
04 / Ce n'est pas une pipe / 2003 / 60x118cm / handmade white frame / 1900

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It is tricky to understand but "ce n´est pas une pipe" by Jörg Zimmermann


It is tricky to understand but "ce n´est pas une pipe"
An art-historic review by Jörg Zimmermann

When Réné Magritte put this statement underneath his painting it was meant to be different. There was a painting of a photo-realistic pipe. We could tell at first glance that this was a pipe. And we know how we would use one. „Ceci n´est pas une pipe“, but why shouldn´t it be one ? Magritte´s intention was to get the mind into thinking. So to say, a dialectical approach telling one´s mind that a painted pipe could never be a real pipe that you would be smoking. And finally Magritte was right. We´re not eager to say that the realistic impression of a thing would be a presentation of its reality.

Our brains function in a very amazing way. We can of course realize things that we know, and realize even quicker when we see things that resemble an experience and remind us all of a sudden of its specific use.

It´s very interesting to see that written contents and spoken words belong together with the things we see.
So when we look at people, objects or nature etc..., we try to find an adequate definition, depending on our mood or personal feelings. Talking about impressions or experiences we always refer to personal definitions of our feelings towards the object.

What a mysterious feeling to approach an object in certainty and then being denied to enter the thought by the object that says: No, it´s not what you think it would be. The brain is puzzled and becomes curious. The brain becomes rebellious and it strikes against the eyes that confirm a different approach.

Jean Ruiter refers to the painting of Magritte as an hommage, but photography is different from painting. The painter is in search for the best way to describe his feelings and the reality, whereas the photographer takes the „real“ things and their meanings to put it into a new describing order.

Ruiter has progressed, regarding the historical fact that he´s a man of the 21rst century. This century is in fact a very „piece-ful“ one, deconstructed but so homogenous through virtual possibilities.

By using different pieces of the content Ruiter approaches the subject. He cuts a pipe into pieces and sets them next to another, as our brains put them back into homogeneity. It´s simple, as we don´t understand at first glance, our brain searches for understanding and recognition. Very soon we are released and happy to declare: This is a pipe ! We approach and see the comment beyond: „Ce n´est pas une pipe“.

We are concerned about the visual reality but as we progress in time, we progress in space and are more and more confronted with a deconstructed reality that leads us into a comprehensive understanding (combination) of the world.

2003 Jörg Zimmermann, Baden-Baden