Composed of various types of circular mirrors including makeup mirrors, blind-spot mirrors, concave mirrors, and surveillance mirrors, Watching Machine explores perception and suggests that “perception is not only seeing but also being seen,” according to a release for the exhibit.
The work creates “a defamiliarizing experience” and makes “the known less known,” according to Caldwell. When a visitor walks around the jungle gym-like piece protruding multiple mirrors of varying sizes, their image is “reflected, distorted, and fragmented,” representing the many ways a person can be perceived.
Presented in partnership with BRIC, Watching Machine is on view in a glass-enclosed pavilion in the lobby of 33 Bond where the local arts organization will regularly mount exhibitions in the gallery space. The free art exhibits are just one of the many amenities available at TF Cornerstone’s recently launched residential building.
Along with the exhibition pavilion, the 25-story luxury rental tower with 714 apartments— 251 being affordable units, offers a 24-hour lobby attendant; bike storage; full-service, onsite pet care; an entertainment lounge; a co-working space; and a second-floor landscaped roof terrace with barbecue grills, outdoor showers, and a putting green. A 52,000-square-foot Chelsea Piers fitness club will debut on the ground floor of the building this spring offering residents discounted memberships.
Graham Caldwell, Watching Machine
33 Bond (between Livingston & Schermerhorn Streets)
On view through April 2018
Free and open to the public