Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday Wonder: 'black mirror'

Today's Wednesday Wonder is Robert Seidel's fascinating, theatrical black mirror, the German artist's cinematic documentation of projection on two paper sculptures in front of a mirror. (The term "black mirror" refers to the hand-held dark convex mirror used in the 18th Century to give landscapes the look of paintings; it's also known as "Claude glass". See "Of Interest" below.) The abstract installation of dramatic light, color, movement, and sound was commissioned for Young Projects in Los Angeles in 2011. Additional information about the piece is at the link for the artist's Website. 

black mirror | cinematic documentation of the projection sculptures | robert seidel @ young projects, los angeles | 2011 from Robert Seidel on Vimeo.

The video of the projection sculpture also may be viewed on YouTube.

Also see Seidel's scrape and chiral, both of which were commissioned.

Of Interest

"Drawing Techniques: the Claude Glass", Victoria and Albert Museum 

Arnaud Maillet, The Claude Glass: Use and Meaning of the Black Mirror in Western Art (The MIT Press, 2004; paper 2009)