Not on display
Since the Renaissance, painting has often been likened to a window upon the world, with central perspective giving the viewer a sense of surveying what is contained within the picture frame. In a bold gesture, Art & Language turn this century-old convention upside-down by replacing the painting’s surface with a mirror. Rather than look at an image of the artist’s making, viewers are now confronted by themselves, thereby questioning a long-held notion of painting transcending reality.
Gallery label, April 2009
Film and audio
Art & Language (Michael Baldwin, born 1945; Mel Ramsden, born 1944) Art & Language: Conceptual art, mirrors and selfies
British artists Michael Baldwin and Mel Ramsden reflect on the beginnings of conceptual art group Art & Language