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Artists who use Infinity Mirrors
You may be familiar with simple infinity mirrors for displays and interesting visual tricks/illusions, but have you ever considered its presence in the art community? There are a number of artists that work with mirrors and create amazing installations around their use, but only a small handful take these ideas and create immersive infinity mirror displays. In this post, I’ll be listing some of the today’s top artist’s that work in the industry using mirrors.
One of the best known artist’s leading the way in infinity mirror installations is none other than Yayoi Kusama. Kusama was born in Matsumoto, Japan where she studied at the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts. There, she specialized in painting in a traditional Japanese style known as nihonga. During the 1960’s, Kusama created her Mirror/Infinity room series. Since then, her work has exploded into the art world, with thousands gathering to experience her Infinity Mirror Rooms.
Early installations sat within a single space, covered from floor to ceiling with mirrors, flickering lights and water. Kusama uses her work as a way to escape her own intrusive thoughts by sharing them with the rest of the world. In 1977, Kusama admitted herself to the Seiwa Hospital for the mentally ill ( where she continues to live today). She uses her art as an intimate way to express herself and escape her illness. She works to create experiences that bring forth feelings of calm and quiet, allowing others to sympathies with her troubled life.
Navarro seeks to provide a voice to people who remain voiceless. He chooses to work with materials incorporating lights, mirrors and electricity. His light and mirror works help viewers to lose themselves in an “apparently infinite space.” Neon phrases and other structures looms out towards the viewer in these pieces. Thus providing a sense of more, and a fear of what lies beyond in his politcally and socially driven pieces.
Olivia Steele is a conceptual artist known for her breathtaking neon sign installations. Originating from Nashville, Tennessee, Steele grew up to study Visual Communication in Italy. She took her studies as a conceptual artist and began creating pieces that on her father’s truisms to life. Being interested in contrast and contradiction in nature and life, Steele surrounds her pieces in a natural. She invites her audience to “tempt preconceptions,” and to “see rather than think.”
By combining neon lights, with mirrors and natural settings, Steele sends a message to question modern culture. The choice of text and location adds layers of meaning to her pieces. She invites the viewer to relate to her work through a more internal and personal connection through this ambiguity. She states “it is the spectator and not life that art really mirrors.”
Known for being a multi-disciplinary artist, Peter Gonquist is a master at his craft. Gonquist designed his body of work to challenge common sensibility through the use of found objects. Much of his work uses video, painting, sculpture and site specific installations. He is also known for experimenting with found objects, lights, metals and mirrors.
One of his more popular series uses infinity mirrors, designed to match human scale. Through this choice in size, he evokes an experience causing viewer’s to feel that they could fall into one of his pieces. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon, Gonquist continues to create his work to challenge American consumerism, excess and escapism. His goal for his viewers is to cause them to stop and dismantle his work through their personal experience when viewing his pieces.
Chul Hyun Ahn
Chul-Hyun Ahn presents his work through a combination of mirrors and light. Born in Busan, Korea, he studied at Chu-Gye University for the Arts in Seoul. Ahn developed his work into what it is today, a body of impressive optical displays. He chooses to evoke his user’s experience through “light’s ability to illuminate and transform natural beauty.” Based in Baltimore, Ahn explores theories of the subconscious through his artworks. His use of one way mirrors and LED lights allows for a passageway between viewer and artwork to form. The intentional choice in color, light and illusion allows Ahn to further explore visual space between his work and viewer.