D Gallery is proud to present Pulling Glass a solo exhibition by Laura Mackin
“Pulling Glass” is an exhibition of work by Laura Mackin featuring digital collages derived from found photography of mirrors. Mackin’s work primarily responds to existing pictures, often focusing on commonplace amateur photography collected from the internet. Appropriation facilitates the means to look outside the bounds of personal observation and glean vicarious insights from the picture-making practices of others. Similarly, visual devices like the mirror, the camera, and the screen provide space to stand back from the world we experience with our eyes and consider the manner of our visual engagement.
For over a decade, Mackin has been collecting found JPEGs of mirrors from online resale marketplaces. These photos afford diverse solutions to the curious task of documenting a mirror as an isolated object, resulting in secondary glimpses of the seller’s everyday life. Depending on the season and location, the mirror within the camera frame typically harbors majestic reflections of greenery and sky. This exhibition introduces a series of photo collages constructed solely of internet mirror reflections that frame the outside world. Using eBay as a collective eye, these digital mosaics articulate a manifold and multifaceted vision of the world that integrates cyberspace with our earthly environment. Each composition contains a multitude of unrelated views, organized in a shared mesh of context and meticulously arranged to shape an alluring aesthetic space.
ATTACHED IMAGE INFO:
Internet Mirrors (Copse), 2013/2015, C-print, 20 × 20 inches
FYI: “Pulling Glass” title is intended to allude to both the process of collecting mirror images & (perhaps less obviously) to a processing stage for manufacturing fiber optics.