Adolf Luther

"Sphärisches Hohlspiegelobjekt (Spherical Concave Mirror Object)", 1972

Concave, semi-transparent lens in front of mirror

43 x 43 x 10 cm  ″

Signed, dated, stamped verso

N 9244

No longer available

About the work

Adolf Luther fashioned numerous wall objects from concave–shaped mirrors. This semi–transparent single lens admits a view through to the mirror lying beyond it, whilst at the same reflecting back a beam of light of the surrounding environment. The interpenetrating reflections from the mirror and the lens create an optical confusion within the viewer, conjuring the spectre of a spherical, magical, enigmatic light–air–space. With the real space appearing to dissolve, the observer also perceives himself as a light–filled spherical being; and confronted by the sight of his own – distorted – reflections, he himself is integrated into the art work.
The kaleidoscopic interplay of light and reflections incites a compelling fascination. All of Adolf Luther's other, ostensibly similar, works also abound in new and yet–to–be discovered intriguing variants and light phenomena.
(Eva Müller–Remmert)

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