EyeflaseThe False Mirror (Le Faux Miroir) by artist Rene Magritte (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRlpD-iEnMQ) presents an enormous lashless eye with a luminous cloud-swept blue sky filling the iris and an opaque, dead-black disc for a pupil. The allusive title, provided by the Belgian Surrealist writer Paul Nougé, seems to insinuate limits to the authority of optical vision: a mirror provides a mechanical reflection, but the eye is selective and subjective. Magritte’s single eye functions on multiple enigmatic levels: the viewer both looks through it, as through a window, and is looked at by it, thus seeing and being seen simultaneously. The Surrealist photographer Man Ray, who owned the work from 1933 to 1936, recognized this compelling duality when he memorably described Le Faux Miroir as a painting that “sees as much as it itself is seen.”

7th Grade students recreated their own versions of The False Mirror changing the sky within iris with something that meant something special to them.  View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at: http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=850264

Taught Rotation 4: April 7th 2015, Taught Rotation 3: January 22nd 2015, Taught Rotation 2: October 28th 2014, Taught Rotation 1: October 16th 2014

P.S. If you want extra credit, check out this post: http://netserver.sd13.org/teachers/dmatt/2015/04/07/eye-extra-credit/ to create your own Eye drawing!

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