Mask II (The reflection of Narcissus)
This new work from Arturo Berned represents a new conundrum. Mask II (The Reflection of Narcissus) is a trompe l´oeil. From one side, the stainless steel; from the other, the bluing black. The metal – which is highly polished – as far as a point where it could be said to be a mirror, absorbs the light and the images from its surroundings. With these a new reality is created. Just as in the myth of Narcissus, the sculpture –spellbound– contemplates its own face. There then appear twin realities. The black one is the negation of Narcissus and of the sculpture. The light is swallowed up, no shadow is cast, no lines nor spaces nor volumes are generated. Nor time either. Sheer reflection against the void.
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