I know you know Magritte’s Pipe, which is not a pipe. So I am going straight to what I think we need to do.
“This is not a…” has become an internet meme as powerful as the line “This is not what you think it is!”
Banksy used it:
Even Kim Kardashian is a fan (though I doubt she’s aware of the primary source).
Frankly, if there’s one thing I care least, it is the debate whether art represents life or is life itself. I care about the changing or second meaning of things. It’s more fun.
I think we can keep building on the great master’s idea, making it relevant today. That’s a set from the times when I was a teenager:
What are the objects that have a double meaning for you?
Let me know, I’ll add them to the gallery, with full credits, and many thanks!
This is not a comment.
That’s a gem! )
Meaning or function? The examples you’ve given are based on extending the functionality of objects. Many household and DIY tips are based on using things for different purposes, like ‘this is not a condiment – this is a cleaning substance’ (vinegar, baking soda).
Here are a couple of examples which go further than function because of the context they are used in –
‘this is not a fig leaf, this is a garment’
‘this is not a car, this is a penis extension’
So we arrive at the threshold of semiotics – fascinating area!
By the way, I tried to insert images but couldn’t 😦 Anyway, I couldn’t claim credit for any of the examples I’ve given.
Thank you – I will be updating the post, giving your examples as well, and I will try to insert pictures ))
Magritte’s point was that it wasn’t a pipe, it was a painting of a pipe, so Banksy’s work was slightly off-target and more about cynicism. But the dual purpose idea is always fun to contemplate.
For most female nudes you could say:
“This is not a woman
This is a representation of the artist’s ideal female form”