Complicating the image and the relation with my sculptures of the past.
The last developments in these series are a mix of multiple reflections complicating the image in such a way that the viewer gets even more mixed up in what is real and what is reflection.
In many cases the reflections are, even fo myself, coming from untraceable sources. It is only looking at them behind the computer at 100% where I find those surprising reflections. And so in these photographs the puzzle really gets complicated but at the same time it shows a new unforeseen structural order.
It is like creating a new order in the chaotic urban environment which did not seem to be there before, only when you look for it.
Some examples of the confusion and disarray in these images.
Here we see mirrored and non mirrored text on the facades.
Showroom or carcrash?
Street interior in New York.
It is at this point were I find the relation between my sculptural work and
these photographic series.
It is where my steel and glass sculptures for a part delt with; reflection and
transparancy and thereby creating a new structure in space.
It is often only in retrospect that one finds the common grounds of interests
A step in the creative development might look rigorous at that moment but
falls into place and fits into one's scheme in retrospect.
" Part " 1989 deals with reflection and transparancy in the shape of a part of a
Doric column on one side infected by erosion in the shape of crystal/mineral forms.
" A Piece " 1989 With a foot inspired by shapes of " The Amsterdam School "
architecture and a reference to the famous American designer Raymond Loewy.
Another similarity with my older work is my inteerst for architecture and
construction which is also visible in some of the photographs in this series.
Constructions which were often mirrored. My whole sreie of works about
the mathematics of chrystals and minerals showed the symmetry of structures
in nature. A reflection in structure.
" Lazulit " 1989
In "Lazulit "I literaly started to explore the natural beauty of methamatical
basic shapes of chrystals and how also in these natural shapes all the surfaces
seemed to be mirrored as well. Afterwards I started to develop my own
mirrored structures in glass and steel as seen before in some older sculptures
of mine. In a way a lifetime theme.
" Ecriture en mirroir " 2001
" Window dressing # 207 "
" Window dressing # 309 "
Sometimes one has to look back to be able to look ahead.
Michiel Schierbeek 12-3-2015