29.09.15 – Impossible Objects

The Fake And The Real

Impossible objects tend to be hybrids of drawings/paintings of architectures with also the element of photography. As the name ‘impossible objects‘ implies, these objects could never exist in real life and are not possible to construct. However, the outcome of such artworks, especially when photo-realistic shadows and realistic ambient-lighting is implemented, could be a very realistic one and are meant to be viewed as virtual images with similar qualities to illustrations.

Therefore, the viewer gets the feeling that this impossible object does exist even though it doesn’t and never will.


“My painting is visible images which conceal nothing… they evoke mystery and indeed when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question ‘What does that mean’? It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.”
Rene Magritte


We then moved on to looking at some of Rene Magritte’s paintings and discussing them as a class.

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The first question that comes to ones mind when looking at this is the obvious one: “How is that feather as big as the Leaning Tower of Pisa?”. Obviously that can never be the case.
One person interpreted this as a way of portraying a place of seclusion whist others just enjoyed the visuals of this artwork.
One person interpreted this as a way of portraying a place of seclusion whist others just enjoyed the visuals of this artwork.
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This seemed to garner a lot of different opinions and interpretations. Some saw this as two people having a one night stand whilst others saw it as two lovers who seem to be going through a rough patch which has set up a sort of barrier between them.
Many people were baffled by this and didn't know what to think of it. Some said that it was the same person but looking at a potential situation/event from a different perspective. Others stated that maybe the person in the artwork is trying to be someone he's not and wants to break out of that
Many people were baffled by this and didn’t know what to think of it. Some said that it was the same person but looking at a potential situation/event from different perspectives. Others stated that maybe the person in the artwork is trying to be someone he’s not and wants to break out of that “mould”.

I’m always quite baffled when shown artworks like this because, although I can be quite a deep thinker at times, I much prefer it when this particular medium of art (paintings/illustrations) has a direct message or doesn’t have one at all. Had one of Magritte’s artworks spoke to me and stirred some sort of emotion or reminded me of a personal event, I probably would have reacted to it differently but none of the above had that effect on me.I appreciated the illustrations for what they are and didn’t try to think of a potential message behind them. After all, Magritte has left it up to the viewer to think whatever he or she wants. In my case it was a matter of simply enjoying the bizarreness of these paintings and the sense of mystery they evoked.

We were also asked to write about our own personal impossible moment. The first thing that popped into my head was the film “Inception”. For those who haven’t watched it, I suggest you do because it’s a really amazing film but unfortunately, is quite hard to explain. (It stars Leonardo DiCaprio – need I say more?) The two scenes I have chosen below were the ones that really blew my mind and are most definitely impossible moments for obvious reasons.

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