Mirror Mirror

April 1 to May 8, 2010

“Art is not the reflection of reality, it is the reality of that reflection.” Jean- Luc Goddard 1967

“Mirror, mirror upon the wall, who is the fairest fair of all?” the Brothers Grimm 1812

James Harris Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition entitled Mirror, Mirror. Folk tales often tell a fantastical narrative to teach morals, reflect on society, history or culture. Visual artists often employ visual tricks to imbue meaning into a work. The objects in this exhibition do not tell a story per se, but the works are united by the many definition of “mirror.” The exhibition considers both literally or figuratively the mirror, how artists create a visual language, through materials and form to infuse an object with multiple readings. “Mirror, Mirror” explores ideas of replication, imitation, reflection. To this end, the work in the show begins to engage the viewer with broader issues of the aesthetics of an artwork. Included in this exhibit are works by Mel Bochner, Rashid Johnson, Adam Fuss, Spencer Finch, Siebren Versteeg, Andrew Witkin, Mary Ann Peters, Akio Takamori and Sol Hashemi. The underlying meaning of each of their work is derived from a subject matter, selection of a medium, and the determination of compositional strategies. What unites the pieces here is not the materials of the object but the mechanics of the artworks capacity. Some have a reflective surface, other works repeat form, while others demonstrate physical properties of a medium, but all of the artworks tell a story.

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