"Influences" - More about this series of ironic surrealist paintings.
22 April 2012 - Request from a South African student
From: Geroimenko.com [mailto:email@example.com]
Thank you for your email and interest.
The motivation behind this work was irony. René Magritte stated “This is not a pipe” and you know what he meant.
I decided to create a humorous artwork that states “This is not René Magritte” and depicts (sort of) a recognisable surrealist portrait of Magritte. My intention was to use a minimal numbers of “building blocks”. After some research, I realised that it’s enough to use just three elements to implement my idea.
Hope this helps
See also my visual references at http://www.geroimenko.com/WebRoot/Store3/Shops/es145106/MediaGallery/VG-Exhib-Influences/Influences-Visual-References.pdf and a movie at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMoITfBLHVY
Good luck with your project
All the best
From: PG Jonker
Dear Dr Geroimenko
My name is Hardus Jonker and I am currently a second year graphic design student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa
We are doing a history project on Surrealism and Dada. We have to find an example of a modern design or an artwork that references back to a historical art work by an artist of our chosen movement.
I have chosen René Magritte and I found your work, "This is not René Magritte"
If you find the time I would very much like some more insight on why you created the work, why you used elements from "This is not a pipe" and "Son of Man"
I hope to hear from you soon