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A Fence of Mirrors Reflects the Changing Landscape

March 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Created by artist Alyson Shotz, this reflective picket fence is made entirely of mirrors and has been installed in several locations since 2003. The iteration shown here was on view through 2012 at the Storm King Art Center in New York. The fence has the uncanny ability to reflect its surroundings resulting in a barrier that is at times almost completely camouflaged, or, depending on your perspective, in stark contrast to the nearby landscape. (via Designboom)

 

 



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Interactive Mirrors Built from Arrays of Moving Objects by Daniel Rozin

February 16, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Weave Mirror, 2007. 768 laminated C-ring prints, motors, control electronics, custom software, microcontroller. 57 x 76 x 8” / 148 x 193 x 20 cm. Photo courtesy bitforms gallery.

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Weave Mirror, 2007. 768 laminated C-ring prints, motors, control electronics, custom software, microcontroller. 57 x 76 x 8” / 148 x 193 x 20 cm. Photo courtesy bitforms gallery.

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Angles Mirror, 2013. 465 plastic spokes, motors, video camera, control electronics, custom software, microcontroller, steel armature. 7.7 x 7 x 3 ft / 2.35 x 2.13 x .93 m. Photo courtesy bitforms gallery.

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Trash Mirror No. 3, 2001-2011. 500 discarded objects, motors, video camera, wood, control electronics, custom software. 76 x 76 x 6″ / 193 x 193 x 15.2 cm. Photo courtesy bitforms gallery nyc and ITP – NYU.

New York-based artist Daniel Rozin creates amazing installations and sculptures that have the ability respond to the presence of a viewer. Among his best known works are an ongoing series of interactive mirrors built from complex arrays of moving objects including wooden pegs, circular bands of laminated rings, plastic spokes and even pieces of discarded trash. Using custom software and video sensors Rozin has the sculptures react in real-time to create a live visual representation of a viewer’s likeness. Via bitforms gallery:

Merging the geometric with the participatory, Rozin’s installations have long been celebrated for their kinetic and interactive properties. Grounded in gestures of the body, the mirror is a central theme of Rozin’s practice. In his art, surface transformation becomes a means to explore animated behavior, representation, and illusion.

Since the late 1990s, his constructions have also investigated the psychological and optical cues inherent to image building, such as pattern and the materiality of the picture plane. Often the grid is carefully controlled with a computer and custom software. Visual structures such as that of haystacks, woven fabric, stone mosaics, the pixel, and particulate accumulations are among the many influences and diverse textures evoked by his installations.

This fall Rozin will unveil a new installation commissioned for the Taiwan Taoyuan international airport, and his most recent solo exhibition, Angles, was held at bitforms gallery last year. All photo and video courtesy bitforms gallery. (via Hi-Fructose)

 

 



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A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja

January 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Created in 2006 by multidisciplinary artist Kimsooja, To Breathe – A Mirror Woman was an elaborate installation at the Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, in Madrid. Originally built in the late 1880s to house a collection of flora and fauna from the Philippines, Kimsooja transformed the Palacio de Cristal into a multisensory sound and light experience. A special translucent diffraction film was used to cover the windows to create an array of naturally occurring rainbows which were in turn reflected by a mirrored surface that covered the entire floor. Additionally, an audio recording of the artist breathing was played throughout the space to further enhance the experience.

Kimsooja most recently wrapped the Korean Pavilion with a similar film treatment at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale.

 

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A Reflective Six-Legged Wolf Covered in Mirror Shards by Tomoko Konoike

September 6, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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As part of her current exhibition titled Earthshine at Gallery Wendi Norris (which is also her American solo debut), Japanese multidisciplinary artist Tomoko Konoike explores various crystaline structures in sculptures and drawings. Drawing inspiration from manga, Shinto animism, Noh drama, and pop culture, the artist creates surreal, otherworldly artworks that encompass sculpture, drawing, photography, and animation.

Among one of her most striking works is this amazing six-legged wolf wrapped in mirror shards titled Donning Animal Skins and Braided Grass. The wolf is now extinct in Konoike’s native Japan, but is a prominent spiritual symbol in much of her art. You can see much more over on Hi-Fructose and Gallery Wendi Norris. The exhibition runs through October 26, 2013.

 

 



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Leandro Erlich's Reflective Optical Illusion House Now in London

June 26, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Want to pretend you’re Spiderman but can’t afford the suit and the genetic mutation? Argentine artist Leandro Erlich was commissioned by the Barbican in London to install a version of his wildly popular optical illusion that creates the visual effect of instant weightlessness. Using a wall of giant mirrors propped against a huge horizontal print of a Victorian terraced house, visitors are free to climb and jump around as their reflections appear to move freely without the pesky effects of gravity. Titled Dalston House the piece was erected in Hackney just off Dalston Junction on a disused lot that has remained vacant since it was bombed during the Second World War.

The installation opens today and is free to all visitors and will remain up through August 4th. Erlich will also be giving a talk tomorrow starting at 7:30pm. All images courtesy the Barbican.

 

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Mobile Mirrors: Manequins Covered in Mirror Shards by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

May 17, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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As part of her Mobile Mirrors exhibition at Christian Larsen gallery in Stockholm, artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen created a series of four reflective mannequins clad in shards of mirrors. Light was projected onto each sculpture creating a twinkling halo effect not unlike a disco ball, as a person wearing a similarly reflective body suit moved through the space. The exhibition was intended as commentary on consumerism; just as we project ourselves onto mannequins, Rasmussen’s is attempting to use the same object to reflect back on ourselves. Via Christian Larsen Gallery:

The mirror surfaces of the mannequins turn our gaze back onto ourselves, forcing us to become aware of our own bodies and consumption habits. This way revealed, we can see ourselves as part of a much larger system, as complex and chaotic as ever the sculptures’ reflections on the walls.

You can see many more images from the exhibition over on Facebook. (via ex-chamber)