Mirror Mirror: Then and Now - Samstag Museum Exhibition - University of South Australia

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A year or so ago, Ann Stephens
invited me to be a part of the show after I'd
exhibited this work for the second time
at Roslyn Oxley's gallery and I thought
it was a wonderful invitation to be a part of this
I mean, it's a fantastic show.
It's a range of works that are from
very early works in the '60s
and that kind of interesting relationship to my own work
that historical relationship to optics as well as to
these artists from the '60s whom have been
very important in the influence of the development of many of
the other people's works inside of this show.

My name's Ann Stephen, I'm the curator of the exhibition,
Mirror Mirror: Then and Now.
I was interested in looking
at the idea of artists using mirrors
really prompted by a
off-the-cuff remark from the artist, Ian Burn.
He found many of his contemporaries
in New York working with mirrors,
Robert Smithson, Yoko Ono,
various other artists in this show
and it was that kind of revelation
about suddenly this advent of
the use of mirrors that I was really interested to examine.
Many of the artists in this show were
reacting against the sense of painting
being simply about the optical and
in works like Robert Smithson's which is
a floor piece upstairs, you see him bringing
mirrors into the space of the gallery and what happens
is that you have not only the sense
of the interior of the space becoming part of the work
but they also bring the viewer into the work.
The other aspect of the show that I wanted to pick up on
was the "now" part and to look at how contemporary
Australian artists have used mirrors and there's a range
from this work of Christian Capurro's through to
the tower of Peter Cripps and so on.
I think that these artists are artists who have
inherited the minimal conceptual legacy and
are now expanding it in various architectural ways
or taking it back to the question of painting.

A lot of the works I've made over the years
invite you to be a part of the work.
The work has the voice of
a scientist who was a very special person
in my childhood, called Julius Sumner Miller
and Julius Sumner Miller would be on the TV
where he would actually explain to you
about the physics and the wonderment of science.
You're asked to enter into the work by picking up the telephone
and to listen to the work.
There's a loop-tape inside the work
and it's the snippet of him talking about
the idea of looking into a mirror
the physics of reflection.
I feel very privileged to be in this show and it's a very exciting show to be in.