Tu vois ce que je veux dire, 2012


21 paint on glass, wooden boxes

37 x 37 x 6.5 cm each

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About The Work

A lover of sensations, forms, images, and sounds Pierre Tilman tinkers with concrete poetry to make his assemblages. In french, “Tu vois ce que je veux dire”, translated as "You see what I mean,” is a very ordinary synaesthetic statement which has the distinction of having two contradictory meanings depending on the circumstances of the conversation.The sentence  "You see what I mean" can as much give a connivance with the locutor than indicate the speaker’s difficulty to convey his message. To give plasticity to the contradictory semantic field in this common sentence Pierre Tilman created this unique work. He constructed for each of the 21 letters that make up the sentence a particular optical device that allows immediate playback as much as it disturbs. Each letter is painted in white on a glass plate of 37 x 37 cm. Each glass plate is at the surface of a wooden box 6.5 cm deep. The bottom of each box is the same white as the letter. Only the depth of the box allows  the reading that the color similarity of patterns and funds prevent. The boxes are hooked in line on the walls or displayed on the floor to write the sentence "You see what I mean."

Courtesy of Galerie Metropolis

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