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. 

In September 2018, Mirrors of Light I  was presented by Dia Art Foundation in the exhibition Nancy Holt at Dia Chelsea.

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