In addition to viewing paintings, I got to walk through a House of Mirrors during my quick romp through a couple of galleries on the Lower East Side.
At the Lehmann Maupin Gallery at 201 Chrystie, the highlight of the exhibit of works by Korean artist Lee Bul is an installation (Via Negativa II) that made me feel like I was at a fun house at a carnival.
When I walked in, I was told I needed to put on some booties if I wanted to enter the exhibit room which has a mirrored floor.
The central sculpture looked like a number of slabs of mirrored glass with newspaper type print etched on them. At first, I thought I could get the whole effect from outside the room without bothering with the booties. But I was wrong.
There were a few sculptures, including this one:
Lee Bul’s works reminded me a lot of Yayoi Kusama. The house of mirrors has a lot in common with her infinity rooms and the Monster Black sculpture uses forms similar to the the stuffed fabric potato/phallic forms in many of Kusama’s works.
People waited hours to get into Yayoi Kusama’s infinity rooms. There was no line at Lehmann Maupin–so get there quick. The show is on view through June 21st.