While many see broken glass as bad a sign of bad luck, that certainly is not the case with Bing Wright. The photographer from New York has shown his inventiveness with an amazing collection called “Broken Mirror/Evening Sky“. In the series, he makes use of shattered glass to catch reflections of the sun as it sets, literally mirroring its myriad of colors and hues.
The light cast as the sun goes down is reflected in the broken glass; with cracks between the shattered pieces resembling a web spun by a spider. The designs are so intricate and attractive that they tend to mimic stained glass. 4 feet across and 6 feet tall prints of “Broken Mirror/Evening Sky“ were exhibited earlier this year at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, with their imposing size enhancing the images’ mesmerizing beauty even more.
Wright’s technique of making the final image takes many steps. To begin he takes a shot of the setting sun. He then projects those sunset images on tiny mirror surfaces that he already previously broke in his studio. At this point Wright photographs the reflected images once again and blows them up into the last stage, large-scale photographs. It is also noteworthy to point out that Broken Mirror / Evening Sky marks Wright’s reunion with color photography after nearly a 10-year hiatus from the medium.
The striking series is representative of the artist/s consistent subjects of representation and abstraction. The James Harris Gallery, which represents Wright in Seattle says “While more abstract than some of his earlier works, the composition carries a narrative that enables the viewer to collectively experience the beauty of the sunsets the artist has captured, while facilitating an individual interpretation of the emotion they imbue. We are presented with pictorial images, fragmented and in disrepair – a reminder that everything beautiful is flawed and imperfect.”
See the jagged beauty of Broken Mirror / Evening Sky here.