Black Mirror Landscape, 2008 


Blown glass, sheet glass, wood, paint, steel.

The black glass is not a true mirror in that the reflections are duller, devoid of color and appear to be deeply set in ink-like objects, producing a darkly gorgeous, hypnotic effect. Historically, the black Claude glass was an apparatus used to gauge the quality of light, and it was believed that a more picturesque, accurate and natural representation could be produced.

In this work, the viewer becomes the subject of representation. As viewers, we devote ourselves to the reflections and not only to the objects producing them. In this sense the glass landscape becomes a metaphor for the act of looking, and sight itself becomes the object. 

Photographs by Dorte Krogh.