Berlin-based artist Robert Seidel works in the fields of experimental film, installation, public art, image making, performance, sound, and curation.
The installation was part of Seidel’s first American solo show at Young Projects in Los Angeles. The title refers to the darkly tinted mirror used in the 18th century for landscape painting, also called »Claude glass«.
black mirror created an intricate real-world representation of Seidel’s abstract films.
»Experiencing Seidel’s art seems both external to the self and internalized. Mirages come and go as fleeting as thought, with just their collective impact lingering«.
Anne Martens, Flash Art, International Edition, No. 279, July–September 2011
The installation itself consists of two paper sculptures, two projections and a huge wall mirror accompanied by music from the Austrian composer Richard Eigner. The paper was woven by a laser into delicate forms, based on Seidel’s drawings and further inspired by the layering interaction of bark beetle traces.
Velutinous light projections invade these fragile paper beings, shower them with dazzling colour and caress them with flowing powdery haze. The mirror reflects the whole scenery and opens a perceptual space with the sculptures floating in-between. By integrating the audience as reflection as well as projection surface, the work makes the viewers’ performance an integral part of the physical restaging of Seidel’s experimental films.
»Robert Seidel’s first solo show in the U.S., at Young Projects, is an immersive experience, a sensuous dip into light, color, movement, sound and change […] Seidel’s stream of visual consciousness is well worth dipping into«.
Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, April 29th 2011
Installation, Projection on Paper Sculptures, Mirror Wall, D/US 2011, Loop
Sculpture and Projection: Robert Seidel
Sound: Richard Eigner
Documentation Editor: Falk Müller
Curator: Paul Young
Location: Young Projects, Los Angeles
Dimension: sculpture #1: 1,6 × 1,2 × 0,8 m; sculpture #2: 2,1m × 0,8 × 0,9 m
March 22 – August 20, 2011
Premiered as part of Robert Seidel's 1st American Solo Show »Black Mirror – A New Installation and Moving Paintings«, Young Projects, Space B210, Los Angeles, USA
Supported by German Short Film Association, Joe Day / Deegan Day Design LLC, Camila Vial, Ulrike Pennewitz, Thoralf Müller, Marko Schmidt, Ricky Korf and Sebastian Schwartze
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