Mirrors are often fantastical symbols in literature and poetry, and I love it when it manifests in the same way to visual arts. When I first saw this giant “hand” mirror last year, by New York-based artist Ron Gilad, I smiled with pure glee.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1972, Gilad trained as an industrial designer in Jerusalem. In 2001, he relocated to New York City where he established his studio Designfenzider. Gilad may perhaps be best known for the Dear Ingo Chandelier – which has been featured in many of the top design magazines.
‘IX Mirrors’, shown at Dilmos in Milan as part of the Salone del Mobile 2011; tease, infer, and reference what we all expect from a mirror,… and then gives us a delightful twist.
According to the official press of the show:
“In this series, ’9 mirrors’, Gilad suggests that the mirrored image contains a hypocrisy which reflects only our exterior selves. He is asking us to contemplate a more complex and poetic possibility of reality. The title, like the nine lives of a cat, represents the possibility of inner lives or the soul of the mirror.
Gilad’s mirrors are simple rectangular wooden frames that have been injected with stories. The reflection of the spectator is no longer only objective but contains more than the present. The functional aspect becomes secondary; the cords over the glass, the voided gilded frames and the bronze sconce in front of the user’s face are not here to decorate the mirrors.
Some of the mirrors contain historical references combining the present with the past; a reference to other lives besides our own. Others play with structure, distorting our perception of the mirror as an object.
In almost every aspect of his work Gilad investigates scale and he plays with it in order to examine the boundaries of our perception. From a design point of view, scale is finding good proportions. Gilad ignores the right proportions, going to an extreme that might lead to absurd and ironic situations.“
I love it! His latest pieces (showcased here at Trendland) are architecturally spartan tables, many of which have glass tops, so he’s continuing to create art that speaks to me.
I want to encourage more artists to explore what mirrors can add to their work. (see Ivan Navarro, for instance) There’s no way to get an audience engaged in your work more quickly, than to reflect them.