Details:

This work explores the idea of a permanent daily costume. The title and the composition both reference the act of switching out an old mirror for a new one to see if the reflection will be any different—yet ultimately encountering the same image in each surface.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

New Mirror

This work explores the idea of a permanent daily costume. The title and the composition both reference the act of switching out an old mirror for a new one to see if the reflection will be any different—yet ultimately encountering the same image in each surface. The scene is set in a dressing room that is starting to curve and distort.

This composition is part of a diverse body of work by the artist that explores ways of seeing and being seen. The series is steeped in uncanny, dramaturgic tropes from stylized razzle-dazzle stage productions: the harlequin, the vanity mirror, the curtain, the clown and the mask. The artist employs this existential iconography to question the ways in which masks impact the freedom and farce of daily performance.

Specs:

24.25 inches
16.25 inches

③ Artist:

Alex Kerr

Alex Kerr’s work depicts blithe scenes turned uncomfortable, distorted fun houses that examine authentic selfhood and queer identity. The artist builds dizzying, technicolor worlds using repetition and disquieting color and pattern—as well a variety of media, including oil, acrylic sheets, ceramic and wood. Kerr’s compositions employ the iconography of a stylized version of razzle-dazzle stage productions to pose important questions about freedom and the farce of daily performance, including: is there truth at the bottom of the lie?

Alex Kerr:
New Mirror, 2022
Oil and inlayed acrylic sheet on panel
16.3 × 24.3 inches /