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.
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.
For more, go to www.krowswork.com/mirror.html