Black Mirrors & Corners

For my research on how to project and install The Healing Room using concepts related to painting, I discovered the Claude Glass (or Claude Lorrain Mirror). These┬ásmall black mirrors were used by artists and landscape connoisseurs and they reflected the landscape into a dark “painterly” reflection. Used before photography, not only were they a way of romanticizing the scene in front of the artist, but they also frame the scene before the invention of photography. Many Claude Glass took the form of a book that opened with a protective velvet pad for the mirror.

I like the idea of using a the book, or corner format, and playing with reflections off a dull surface for the installation of The Healing Room.

Claud Mirror It is also interesting how the Claude Glass resembles in form the modern laptop computer.

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To continue on the theme of breaking the single 2-dimensional picture plane I’m planning to use split screen and floating “frames” within the composition of The Healing Room. I found an example of a split screen artwork on Blake Gopnik art blog where the artist has placed two frames in a corner in a similar way to what I am thinking. ┬áThis artwork was made in 2005 by pioneer video artist Gary Hill.

Split Screen

I’ve also been exploring in my sketch book how my video projection could work into a corner with two right angles. I’m also exploring how to use reflections and refraction to underscore my aims to incorporate “painterliness”.

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