Mirrors of Light I

Nancy Holt
Bykert Gallery, New York City
Ten mirrors, diameter 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); 650 watt quartz light
11 x 20 x 28 ft. (3.4 x 6.1 x 8.5 m)

Featured in the Bykert Gallery in New York in 1974, ​Mirrors of Light I ​consists of a spotlight directed at a diagonal row of mirrors; the resulting refractions form ellipses of varying size and proportion that are projected across the gallery walls. Holt was interested in using light as a medium, while simultaneously examining it as subject matter in its own right. In this single gallery setting, light is a conceptual entity and a physical reality, a practical resource and an aesthetic object. As is the case with the majority of Holt’s oeuvre, ​Mirrors of Light I creates an opportunity for self-examination through the perceptions that arise in the face of her work.  

In 1974, Holt created Mirrors of Light II for the Walter Kelly Gallery in Chicago.  Both room-sized installations are unique works, and are presented in spaces the same size as their original showing.

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