Nicolas Baier

Vanitas

2007-2008
Category: 
Vanitas was made by scanning numerous dilapidated mirrors and producing prints directly from those digital images. Comprising an immense collection of surfaces that have lost their ability to reflect, the work documents the ruined mirrors, calling attention to their physical conditions, histories and current uses. The sumptuous surface of Baier’s work also plays with our expectations of reflection and reality – our likeness cannot be viewed in these mirrors, yet it is practically impossible not to seek, hunt and reach for anything that may constitute an image, and to become lost in the literal, and figurative, nothingness before us.
Title
Vanitas
Date
2007-2008
Medium
Photograph
Materials
ink jet prints, laminated to acrylic, mounted on metal
Dimensions
346 x 902 cm installed (large version)
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2008
Accession number
2008.30.1-40