Until July 2012, you can visit the Whitechapel Gallery in London to witness how artist Josiah McElheny made use of light and mirrors to transform the space.
Every year, The Bloomberg Commission invites an international artist to create a site-specific artwork inspired by the rich history of the former Whitechapel library. The latest artist invited to do so, Josiah McElheny made use of seven large-scale, mirrored sculptures in order to create multiple reflective screens.
The sculptures reflect and refract the artist’s interpretation of groundbreaking experimental abstract films, saturating the whole gallery and visitors in images and light.
McElheny’s new work explores the history of abstraction in film and video by presenting a reinterpretation. Refracted, distorted and multiplied, the moving images explore how abstraction is used to depict an image of visual enlightenment.
Josiah McElheny lives and works in New York. He is a sculptor, performance artist, writer and filmmaker. His work combines a conceptually rigorous examination of history with a deeply engaging sensory experience.
Open until the 20th July, The Past Was a Mirage I’d Left Far Behind, is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication. The Whitechapel Gallery can be found at 77 – 82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX.
Visit the White Chapel Gallery” Website for more information.