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BLACK HOLE, 2006
22x30, 2006. Charcoal, Graphite, acrylic on paper, $7,500
KALTENBACH ANNOTATIONS: I became interested in a blacker black when I started painting the Chrystal Ought. That black velvet was a step darker than black paint and as a corollary the whites were a step brighter. The idea of a hole into the museum wall opening into a black velvet lined box began as a concept of a mirror into darkness where not only was there no reflection, but there was no light at all coming back out.
I have been interested in the mirror as an entry into making installation work since the early seventies. The piece that was at the center of this thinking was an installation called The Window. This is a room with objects in it including a mirror that reflects everything in the room except the people. This work is very complicated, requiring ten pairs of objects that are exact mirror images. This work was built by my sculpture class in 1982.
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