medium: photo etching and aquatint In this piece, Porter uses a book with reproductions of René Magritte's The Key of Dreams paintings from the 1930's. She plays with language in much the same way as Magritte did in many of his own works in order to question the distance between words and objects. Magritte would often do this by changing the name of things--calling a horse a door, or a shoe the moon--in order to make us aware that objects and names are not inextricable, and that the moment you take away the name of an object, the object is freed from its normalized constraints and open in its possible signifiers and meanings. In this print, Porter "corrects” one of Magritte's erroneous juxtapositions by cutting a section of the page to make it look like a door, thereby aligning the verbal signifier with the signified. Of course, this act in itself is another “mistake"--a further incongruity meant to serve as metaphor for our inability to apprehend a more fluid reality.
- Creation year1977
- Movement & Style
H 11.75 in. x W 9.25 in.
H 29.85 cm x W 23.5 cm
- Gallery locationSan Francisco, CA
- Reference numberLU601603663
- More editions & sizesAP, one of only a handful of prints that were realized from an originally intended edition of 30
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