new-york

Vikky Alexander

Cash/Newhouse

Along one wall of this narrow gallery Vikky Alexander placed a row of mirrors at eye level; just below them was a matching stretch of dark wood paneling, corporate-posh in its swirling grain. The opposite wall was covered, from side to side and from top to (almost) bottom, with one of those huge, stick-on photomurals of a beautiful mountain scene. If there’d been a desk around you might well have thought you’d stepped into the badly decorated reception area of a tool-and-die company in some anonymous industrial park.

But these allusions to bad corporate taste were only a part of Alexander’s installation. The band of mirrors was the focus of the work, more so than the grandiose photomural opposite it; in fact, I was more interested in the reflection of the mural than in the picture itself. Seen in the mirror the photograph was no longer quite so obviously flat, but instead took on the depth

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