In conjunction with our OPEN (C)ALL: TRUTH exhibition this past fall, BRIC had the chance to present an installation by Brooklyn-based artist Graham Caldwell at a satelitte location in the lobby of TF Cornerstone’s new residential building at 33 Bond Street in Brooklyn.
Caldwell works primarily with glass and mirrors to create large-scale sculptures and wall-mounted works focusing on the theme of perception. For Watching Machine—the work placed at 33 Bond—he utilized a wide variety of mirrors – blind-spot mirrors, concave mirrors used in scientific experiments, surveillance mirrors used in public spaces and to guard against shoplifting, and make up mirrors. The multiplicity of mirrored surfaces remind us that we are not only continually seeing, but being seen. As we walk around the sculpture, our own image is reflected, distorted, and fragmented. As we experience Watching Machine, we come to realize that we are also being watched. The constellation of mirrors creates ever shifting and distorted views of ourselves and our environment, reminding us that sight is subjective, contingent on factors both physical and psychological. “The main goal of my work,“ says Caldwell, “is to create a defamiliarizing experience and to make the known less known.”
Watching Machine is on view in the lobby of 33 BOND (Bond Street, between Livingston and Schermerhorn Streets) in Downtown Brooklyn, through April 2018. The installation is free and open to the public.
Graham Caldwell grew up in Washington, D. C. and received a BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has had recent solo and group shows at UrbanGlass, Brooklyn; Martos Gallery, and Spring Break Art Show, both in New York; and The Millennium Arts Center, and Addison Ripley Fine Art, both in Washington, D.C.; among others.
Installation sponsored by