American, b. 1962
Urethane, MDF, silver plating
Purchase from Locks Gallery
A compelling conglomeration of materials and meaning, Virgil Marti’s work is at once pop-cultural, art historical, and autobiographical. An example of Marti’s tromp l’oeil technique (illusion), Hitchcock is a part of Marti’s ongoing series of “Looking Glasses,” and was collected by the museum in 2014. The artwork is an epoxy resin cast of the artist’s studio floor painted with intoxicatingly iridescent gradations of paint in the shape of an 18th c. Chippendale mirror.
When viewing this piece on the gallery wall, a visitor will be quick to realize they can’t see themselves reflected back in Marti’s “Looking Glass.” Unable to actually see the self, the illusion is revealed, asking the viewer to look inward when what they desire to see is not reflected back towards them. Depending on where one stands, light will register differently, and the chrome colors will oscillate; no two experiences with this piece will be exactly alike. It’s seductive in that way— perhaps in the liminal space in-between reality and illusion there is a promise of something magical and transcendent.