CURATOR'S SELECTION: THE MIRROR
The Curator’s Selection for January/February 2021 brings together a selection of works that utilize reflection as a device in image production. These pieces employ the mirror as both the means of mimesis and as a multivalent rhetoric for distortion, symmetry, and reproduction.
By defining their subject matter and articulating the presence of the mirror in relation to the other, the inherent reflective qualities of natural phenomena like the water surface or man-made object like a looking glass, becomes activated as an interlocutor for artists: a discursive tool that challenges the concept of faithful representation, one which allows an artist to explore and comment on truth, perspective, and realism.
David T. Alexander and Jamie Evrard paint reflective pools, elusive ripples and subtle shifts of light and glare to enact a view of the world that oscillates between inspired abstraction and recognizable forms. Photographer Cara Barer utilizes mirroring to create organic shapes out of her sculpted books that explores the formal balance and idealized proportions of radial and bilateral symmetry. Lastly, Barbara Cole’s Duplicity Series applies both the water and the silvered glass mirror to refract, double and transform her figures, presenting a vision between reality and illusion.