presents
Mirror Made Me
January 30-March 7, 2010
Opening Reception, Saturday, January 30, 6 to 9

  Aly Su Borst photograph

CAMERA AS MIRROR/DOUBLE:
Aly Su Borst

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VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE OPENING
“From mirror after mirror,
No vanity’s displayed:
I’m looking for the face I had
Before the world was made.”
– William Butler Yeats

Krowswork Gallery & Project Space is pleased to present Mirror Made Me, an exhibition of recent photography, video, and installation opening Saturday, January 30th and running through March 7th. The exhibition features work by Aly Su Borst, Ursula Brookbank, Michael Deane, Cybele Lyle, Shana Moulton, and Andrew Wilson. Please join us for the reception honoring the artists on Saturday, January 30th from 6 to 9.

Each of the artists in Mirror Made Me takes an oblique, and constructed, approach to “self”-portraiture and performance using the mirror/camera as either a literal object within the work or as a metaphor for self-expression in order to explore and gauge video and photography’s potential for actual self-discovery.

From Medusa done in by her reflection in Perseus’s shield to the stepmother’s magical mirror in Snow White to Lacan’s influential identification of a “mirror stage” in child development, the mirror and our reflections in it have been relevant and rich psychic touchstones for thousands of years.

But the mirror and/or the idea of self-reflection in the context of photography and video becomes something else altogether. For the camera is already a mirror in itself. Mirrors within the context of these mediums are much like plays within plays. The complex effects are revealing, but never as straightforwardly as mere reflection.

In some ways there is a doubling. The artist sees herself seeing herself. In some ways it can be neutralizing. Mirrors’ truths can be difficult to take and in any case they are half-truths. The camera can inverse this and make it whole. And in yet another way the camera as mirror is a total reversal of everything that we consider about what it means to look in a mirror. The personal becomes public and outer visage takes on the caché of inner vision. The camera fixes image in time and space and history, where the mirror image has no problem just walking away and forgetting the whole thing.

Perhaps in the end what these six artists are after is a simultaneity. If the mirror state is the recognition of self but also moment of potential for separation from self and hence for non-recognition, when the camera records this, isn’t there perhaps a moment– a single frame of overlap - where the separated self recognizes the self before separation? The one that was, as Yeats describe, before the world was made?

We are all seeking something outside of history, our history collectively and individually, that is the kernel of “me.” And, underlying all is a desire to love, and to be loved back.
  Ursula Brookbank video

MIRROR AS FATALISM:
Ursula Brookbank

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Michael Deane video

 

MIRROR AS DISSONANCE:
Michael Deane

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  Cybele Lyle video installation

MIRROR AS CONSTRUCT:
Cybele Lyle

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  Shana Moulton video

MIRROR AS RITE OF PASSAGE:
Shana Moulton

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  Andrew Wilson video

MEMORY AS MIRROR:
Andrew Wilson

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