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Art&Mirrors - August 11th 2009, 08:25 PM

So, i have been become very interested in mirrors and the affect they have on a picture, broken mirrirs the way lines in them break them up, convex and concave mirrors etc, i was wondering if anyone knew of any artists who use mirrors in their work. Thanks x

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Re: Art&Mirrors - August 11th 2009, 10:58 PM


That sounds a really interesting topic so I did a bit of digging and here's what I've come up with, not sure if its much use

- General statement about art and mirrors (from here)
Filippo Brunelleschi discovered linear perspective with the help of the mirror, Leonardo da Vinci called the mirror the "master of painters". He recommended, "When you wish to see whether your whole picture accords with what you have portrayed from nature take a mirror and reflect the actual object in it. Compare what is reflected with your painting and carefully consider whether both likenesses of the subject correspond, particularly in regard to the mirror." The mirror is the central device in some of the greatest of European paintings: Jan Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait, Diego Velazquez's Las Meninas and Edouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère. Without a mirror, the great self portraits by Dürer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo could not have been painted. M. C. Escher used special shapes of mirrors in order to have a much more complete view of the surroundings than by direct observation (Hand with Reflecting Sphere). István Orosz’s anamorphic works are images distorted such way that they only become clearly visible when reflected in a suitably-shaped and positioned mirror. Some other contemporary artists use mirrors as the material of art, like in mirror-sculptures and paintings on mirror surfaces. Some artists build special mirror installations as the neon mirror cubes by Jeppe Hein.
Painters depicting someone in front of a mirror often also show the person's reflection. This is a kind of abstraction—in most cases the angle of view is such that the person's reflection should not be visible. Similarly, in movies and still photography an actor or actress is often shown ostensibly looking at him or herself in the mirror, and yet the reflection faces the camera. In reality, the actor or actress sees only the camera and its operator in this case, not their own reflection.
- Olafur Eliasson (Click)

Look in particular at, 'Quasi Brick Wall' and 'Your Spiral View' under 2002, 'La Situazione Antispettiva' under 2003, 'Round Rainbow' under 2005, 'Polyphonic House' and 'Colour Square Sphere' under 2007 and 'Your Gyroscope' under 2008.

He uses mirrors and other materials to explore the act of perception.

- Another artist who uses mirrors to reorganize our perceptions is Susan Leopold (Click) Click on 'Installations' then 'Yellow Wallpaper'. I love the way the light bounces around and how it's designed to confuse you. A lot of her work uses mirror images so have a look around because they'll all pretty good.

- Suzy Sureck (Click)
Her sculpture 'Alice And The Looking Glass' again uses multiple reflections to challenge perceptions and 'The Bubble Field" combines water and light in an interesting way. And check out her photography and drawings, not really what your looking for but nevertheless worth a look.

- Virgil Marti's work is also worth a look, particularly 'The Flowers of Romance'

- Paragraph copied from here

Many sculptors enjoy using a shiny, highly polished, reflective surface and are entranced with the ability to reflect. They also are interested in how mirrored surfaces play with perception, multiplying and fracturing the image. Mirrors also allow artists to actively engage viewers—this fact might, in part, account for their current popularity among artists. When viewers can see themselves reflected in a work, the art immediately becomes of greater interest and provides a Narcissus-like fascination. We all like to look at our own image and become caught up in how we can change the artwork by moving ourselves. As people interact with mirror works, a temporal element is also introduced. With the use of mirrors, other people and the surroundings become part of the artwork. Mirrors also expand the space visually, and sculptors naturally are interested in this phenomenon since sculpture is above all about creating space.
- A blog displaying artwork heavily dependent on light, again not quite what your looking for brut worthy of a mention.

- An art installation using car wing mirrors, it's interesting, I don't personally like it but oh well. It's quite clever though, it displays hidden messages, like I said, interesting

- Yayoi Kusama (Click) uses lots of repetition and pattern in her work. When this is combined with using light and mirrors the effect is amazing (here, here and here)

And that's about all I can come up with at the moment, if you want to know more about an artist/exhibition etc. PM me and I'm sure I'll be able to find some information. I'm not certain if this was what you were looking for but I hope I helped


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