Newsletter | May 2017Written by Raven Sawyer
“There are two ways of spreading light: To be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
- Edith Wharton
Lovetts Gallery is preparing to spread light with the coming soon opening of our next exhibition,
Next month. June 10th .
Oh MIRROR/MIRROR on the wall…….
Mirrors are applicable in all facets of our lives. From personal grooming, décor, safety, medical, technologies such as High-Definition televisions and telescopes, solar and military use, sciences and architecture, art, film and literature but for this writing we are framing the topic of mirroring to the subject of fine art.
We are looking through the looking glass at something that is material, objective and subjective.
Let’s take a glimpse at mirrors as an implement in art:
Fine art has a legacy of mirror use in the production of works historically and currently. It involves optics and projection, diffusion and clarity.
Jan Van Eyck, an early Netherlandish artist, painted The Arnolfini Portrait in oil in 1434. It is considered one of the most original and complex paintings in western European art, because of its charm and beauty, intricate iconography, geometric orthogonal perspective, and broadening of the picture space with the use of a mirror. Contemporary and cutting edge, a simple corner of the real world had suddenly been fixed onto an oak panel as if by magic. For the first time in history the artist became the perfect eye-witness in the truest sense of the term. Some art historians considered this painting as a unique form of marriage contract, recorded as a painting.
Many self-portraits are made possible through the use of mirrors. Some artists, as Durer Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Frida Kahlo found them an imperative tool. M.C Escher used special shapes of mirrors in his hand with his piece “Reflecting Sphere”. They have been and are used in sculpture and other artistic mediums.
We humans have been fascinated by reflections all through history, from a reflection in a pool of water to polished metal and glass surfaces. From the practical to the luxurious. Hmmmm, reflections. That’s really the heart of the matter with the concept of the MIRROR/MIRROR exhibition. A mirroring of ourselves and the mirroring of others and the mirroring of the combination and connection of the two. For this show we invited artists, if they so chose, to create their work as a homage to an artist that reflected an inspiration to them in their field of creativity. One, a specific work, a copy so to speak, a mirror image of that respected artist, two, a reflection or rather their own rendition of that same piece and a third a work that is influenced in general sense by their referenced artist. Alternatively, the “person of influence” may be someone who is not an artist but lent/lends inspiration for their art. Lovetts Gallery attempts to offer wiggle room with our exhibition concepts, after all, you can’t control creativity, nor would we want to. We merely do these concepts to offer challenges and ideas and to inspire and boost reflecting for the artist.
Mirrors offer at times what appears clear but is at the same time a distortion of what we see. I’m not getting into precision here. We have all looked in mirrors that didn’t reflect back the identical image in each case. Our own views and filters also shape what we actually see, just like others view us differently than we view ourselves. So, even with mirrors, there are many reflection’s and more angles to those reflections as there are people viewing them. This is what makes art so damn exciting and why humanity has seen to keep it inclusive to their lives. It’s a mirror to our humanity. Art points to what we are, but it also points to what we have been and who we can be. Art would surely cease to evolve and would remain unchanged if it did not allow and encompass all phases of life. It is mirroring, reflection and imagination.
Another aspect of mirroring is not just a reflection of who we are but the influences of others that have reflected and influenced our lives. We are individuals but we have and do borrow from others, so what comprises us is partially grafted attributes of others. We learn from others and the MIRROR/MIRROR exhibition is about that. Artists honoring others who have inspired them in their life and artistic pursuits. To emulate is to compliment and is a great form of learning. They take what they learn and add the essence of themselves to the equation and create with what is uniquely them. Their voice, their expression, their art.
And their art…...becomes our art. This is how we share and it’s a continuing process.
The MIRROR/MIRROR exhibition is an invitation to reflection and reverence in art and of artists and being a part of the process of collecting and chronicling today and for our tomorrows a world of artistic creativity and freedom.
WELCOME TO THE REFLECTIVE IMAGINATION
AT LOVETTS FINE ART GALLERY
WHERE WE ARE SPREADING THE LIGHT
The MIRROR/MIRROR Exhibition………...
What will you see?
Psst…. The painting by artist Jan Van Eyck has some very interesting perspectives that you may enjoy learning about in more depth. I’m an incurable “Why?” person and in researching his use of mirrors in this piece, I also learned interesting things about that period of time, the customs of the day, why did they dress that way, what’s up with their facial expressions, hand gestures, interiors, and what was the impact of artistic advances in techniques of their day and etcetera. They were narrating their perceptions of reality the same as artists have always done and continue to do. I encourage you to always question, to be lavish in your curiosity, maintain a voracious appetite for learning and reflection and be affluent in your imagination!
Much appreciation to you for taking time out of your day to read this letter!