Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Apples and Oranges

by Robert Boyd

Paul Kittleson's new exhibit at Nau-haus, "mirror - mirror,"  has him playing with glass and mirrors--pressing things between planes of glass to create bizarre optical effects, for example. He uses flat patterns on paper (often contact paper) to create three-dimensional objects. This work often has a tension between flat and three-dimensional.

Then there's this:

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Paul Kittelson, Apples and Oranges, layers of glass and contact paper, 2011

I can't tell you exactly what we're looking at, but to me it looks like a glass box filled with oranges. Here's another view:

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Paul Kittelson, Apples and Oranges, layers of glass and contact paper, 2011

Hmmm. Same crate, but now it looks like its full of apples.

Let's walk around it and see what happens.


Paul Kittelson, Apples and Oranges, layers of glass and contact paper, 2011

OK, this veers dangerously close to stunt art, but I like it--it's simultaneously trippy and mundane. The rest of the show is likewise a little trippy and quite lovely. Kittelson's homage to Brancusi is a highlight. I highly recommend "mirror - mirror".


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