Main Gallery

Curated by Todd Hosfelt
January 20 – April 1, 2018

Winter is often a time of reflection, so what better subject to contemplate than that of the mirror and its legacy as tool and device. The looking glass is the forerunner of the selfie. We are all Narcissus, to one degree or another. The first mirror–likely a pool of still water–allowed humans to see themselves as others did. Later came polished surfaces–copper, bronze, silver, pyrite, even stone–though the quality of the image was so very low that Paul, in Corinthians 13:12, used it as a symbol of obfuscation…seeing, as in a mirror, darkly. As craft improved, mirrors became aestheticized–luxurious, decorative objects–costly works that denoted wealth and conferred status. Artifacts valued as much to look at…as to look in.

Featured Artists: Jay DeFeo, Christian Houge, Andy Diaz Hope, Timothy Horn, Birgit Jensen, Stefan Kürten, John O’Reilly, Liliana Porter, Zhan Wang, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Zhan Wang, Artificial Rock #95, 2007, stainless steel and wooden base, 25 1/4 x 16 7/8 x 11 3/4 inches, collection of Tad Freese and Brook Hartzell.