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 small 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.
It is also interesting how the Claude Glass resembles in form the modern laptop computer.
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. This artwork was made in 2005 by pioneer video artist Gary Hill.
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”.