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Signifying truth in more than words alone

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Words and Images 4

Here’s the fourth image in Magritte’s essay:

Un object rencontre son image, un objet rencontre son nom. Il arrive que l’image et le nom de cet objet se rencontre.

An object encounters its picture, an object encounters its name. It so happens that the picture and the name of this object encounter one another.

So far as I can tell — and I’m not making any great claims about how far that is — this frame mostly prepares for the next few. Magritte juxtaposes the sketch of a forest with the word “forest” to problematize the notion that one of them designates a forest more truly, more durably, more necessarily than the other.

1 Comments:

Anonymous tom said...

Unlike most if not all the other noms used/cited in this work, this one has the exact same frame, effecting a mirroring of the image.

No baggy balloon, but rectilinear framing worthy of a painting, even a painting of a word.

The formal symmetry promotes the notion of mutual image/nom substitution.

January 03, 2007 6:57 PM  

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