These Days, 90.02
This set of Venetian blinds ripples and reflects the light it is meant to obscure. The artist's work features unexpected new forms that are reinterpretations of contemporary corporate space and utilitarian objects. In this work, the artist’s highly specific material choice of aluminum mimics the hallucinatory effects she aims to create.
Libby's work is inspired by the visual seduction of the industrial sublime, at the same time it subverts the signs and symbols of corporate power and control. Skyscrapers, glass curtain walls, circuit boards, highway interchanges, and other urban infrastructure are cannibalized and repurposed in her freestanding sculptures and hybrid wall works. Libby’s process begins as a dissection of industrial and household materials. The artist's work explores the interaction between the man-made and the natural world, while its ornamental aspects recall the biomorphic tenets of art nouveau. Seen together, Libby’s architectonic work creates an immersive environment that reflects the dizzying and spectacular effects created by our technologically advanced society—foreshadowing utopian, or possibly dystopian, landscapes that might await us in the not too distant future.
Anne Libby’s work subverts and reinterprets the signs and symbols of contemporary corporate spaces. The artist cannibalizes and repurposes urban infrastructure—including skyscrapers, glass curtain walls, circuit boards and highway interchanges—into her freestanding sculptures and hybrid wall works. Libby’s architectonic work reflects the dizzying and spectacular effects created by our technologically advanced society, foreshadowing both the utopian and dystopian landscapes that might await us in the not-too-distant future.