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Mirrorama

Columbus, 2014

 

When Mirrorama was conceived, I was thinking of camouflage and reading about the “dazzle ships” painted in high-contrast geometrical abstractions by the army during World Wars I and II. I was intrigued by the idea of using dazzling effects not to make an object disappear but to install such a visual confusion that one could not identify the object shape or its dimensions.

 

Visiting the Wexner Center for the Arts for the first time to think of a project was somehow a similar experience: disruptive and confusing. The iconic building by Peter Eisenman is full of unexpected or nonfunctional elements, grids that are overlapped and slightly rotated, not neutral at all.

 

Being part of the show called CruzamentosContemporary Art in Brazil, Mirrorama was installed at the entrance, stairs, lobby, and cafe, covering columns with mirrored acrylic sheets, enhancing the disorienting effect of their presence and location. The risers of the stairs were also covered with mirrors. The only new element built for the work was a freestanding- mirrored column at the lobby that somehow continued the interrupted column hanging above the stairs as if the process of building and fracturing could be still open there.

2014

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