MASLEN & MEHRA

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London 1997-2000
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Mirrored

For the Mirrored series, Maslen & Mehra appropriate imagery of people, whose silhouettes are then made into mirrored sculptures. By placing them into the landscape and photographing them in this new context, Maslen & Mehra forge an unusual synthesis at first sight: the juxtaposition of highly urban people and wide-open spaces. The result of these forced symbioses raises issues of the human existence and alludes to the impermanence and fragility of mankind.

"It is in the silhouetted figures placed directly into the landscape that these artists, each still less than forty years old, have found their distinctive language. These figures, whose outlines render human shapes exactly, possess no interior structure but are cut in two dimensions out of mirrored aluminium."

"The figures, whose visible weapons suggest soldiers, are of course particularly suitable for allowing the idea of camouflage to emerge into prominence. Soldiers camouflage themselves in order to no longer be seen by the enemy. The mirror seems to provide an ideal camouflage, inasmuch as it reflects nothing other than that which surrounds it. And yet the figures remain strangely visible, mirroring something incalculable and only in the most rare cases reflecting that which, with camouflage in a military sense, would be necessary for a successful attack. It is especially this military aspect which calls to mind the films of Terrence Malick, especially The Thin Red Line, a war film which takes place mostly out in the landscape of nature, in high verdant grass through which soldiers move as if they were mere vacant mirrorings.
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 Eugen Blume 2008

Excerpt from the monograph titled MIRRORED Published by: Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
Distributed in the United Kingdom Cornerhouse Publications Supported by the Arts Council Of England


Select images from the Mirrored series


Birling Gap East Sussex UK

 


Herdsman Lake Western Australia



Inferno Crater Waimangu New Zealand
Print on aluminium and laminated acrylic 160 x 120cm

 

Shell Beach Shark Bay Western Australia
Print on aluminium and laminated acrylic 160 x 120cm


Ramsey Island II
re-cycled advertising lightbox
194.5 X 135 X 10 cm

 

Hells Gate Death Valley
Print on aluminium and laminated acrylic 160 x 120cm


 

Bow Cemetery London
re-cycled advertising lightbox
194.5 X 135 X 10 cm
 



River Walk Okura River New Zealand
Print on aluminium and laminated acrylic 160 x 120cm