A grandiose Florentine eighteenth century golden wooden cut mirror (ready-made) with a dark black mat painted mass in the centre of the glass. The mass is in the shape of one half sphere supporting a smaller one colliding on top of it. These forms together reflect in the mirror to form a distinctive black Mickey mouse head with big round ears seen from 45°: the bigger half-sphere is completed by its own reflection in the mirror forming the head, and the smaller sphere with its reflection makes for the two ears on the head. Seen from the front however, the Mickey head appears totally different: it is now in the clear shape of a dollar symbol, written in the characteristic Walt Disney font styling.
Depending on where you are looking from, American Idol is either a golden Mickey Mouse head or an obnoxious dollar symbol in the cheerful font of Walt Disney Company's logo. The piece is made of three spheres: one bigger one for the head, supporting two smaller ones for the ears. The whole piece is covered with simili-gold leafs. Facing the work, one only sees the characteristic Mickey Mouse head. There are only two angles from where one can distinguish it's in fact a big bold dollar symbol all the way through those ears. It stands on its own, well balanced by these equal ears.
Anamorphosis: a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. Leonardo's Eye appears to be the first artwork of this kind. In American Idol, the author uses the technique to bring together two distant concepts by intersecting them in a mathematical sense. The work is a visualization of two intersecting spaces: childhood and adulthood through the means of "family entertainment" and money. The narrative goes on in a triple convolution, with money giving flesh to Mickey Mouse and vice-versa, and the styling of the dollar symbol adding to the irony of the whole situation. Simili-gold leafs on top of the piece add to the feeling of both shallowness and ostentatiousness of the piece.
The intersection of the two symbols is characteristic of the author's anamorphic work and can be also seen in Mo Money Mo Problem although in a quite different setting.
Starting with number II, subsequent numbers are gilded with 24k genuine gold leafs instead of simili.
Unbalanced belongs to idvix' series of intersective works. The resin object looks almost like an architectural design painted in matte bright acrylic powerful orange. The piece is the spatial representation of the mathematical intersection of two three dimensional spaces. These two spaces are straight extrusions of two ancient symbols: the Shield of Mars and the Mirror of Venus. Optically, the symbols can be seen from different angles. At 0° and 180°, one can see the Shield of Mars pointing downwards, as if the spear in the symbol weighted the piece down. At 90° from 45° up looking down, the Mirror of Venus is revealed. There are also more complicated angles from which the infinity Lemniscate can be observed as well.
Bound revisits the shape in Unbalanced. It is in fact a mobile made from five pairs of two identical pieces interlocked head to tail. Each couple is painted in a pastel looking matte acrylic.
Digital print mounted on aluminum.