New York

Rockne Krebs

James Yu Gallery

The piece that impressed me most (aside from a sedate light bulb projection from Ted Victoria’s often exhibited series) was Washington D.C. artist Rockne Krebs’s installation with argon laser and mirrors. The twinkling blue green beam high overhead near the ceiling spans two rooms in the gallery. Directed from a hidden projector, the beam jumps a corner in the back room, first hitting and diffusing around a rectangular mirror, the shape of which is then reflected onto an adjacent triangular mirror. This triangle is finally cast onto an apple painted on the wall near the source of the beam. Why an apple? I’d guess it’s a whimsical closure to the geometrical progression of square, triangle, and circle. That’s formal. It could be just the target the beam ends up hitting. These images are defined by diffusion and reflection. By making the beam act like normal light, Krebs defuses any lingering sci-fi conception of the laser as a violent tool. Still the beam is a hard, bright and separate thing. It denotes a path underneath it; you walk along looking up to make this sequential discovery of a corner of the gallery marked by the images compressed one upon the other.

Alan Moore