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"The Artistic Properties of Reflective Glass"

“The Artistic Properties of Reflective” is California artist Marques Vickers photographic edition of over 105+ captured images of inverted and reflective objects mirrored by glass. The diverse photo sequence was captured through a variety of windows from the port district of Tacoma, Washington.


When lightning strikes sand, the optical dispersal of imagery mirrors and scatters coherent composition. The alchemy involved in forming glass creates curtains of fluid and reflective waveforms. This distortion reassembles appearance into fresh reconstructions. Reality is transposed into a hallucination of disintegrating elements, elevating its innate simplicity into multi-dimensional appearance.

This deconstruction process enables a viewer to visualize objects into unimaginable patterns. We are confronted with a vision that challenges our neatly and concisely constructed assemblages. We are compelled to acknowledge the inner layers of composition superficially invisible to the eye. We break imagery into constructive granulated sands that ultimately disjointed unions.

Alchemy in its purest form is the ability to transmute base metals into noble and precious derivatives such as gold. The practice of western alchemy dates back to ancient Egypt with the city of Alexandria as its capital. Islam and Asian based religions embraced the shadowy art from their earliest inception. This ancient transformation of base metals symbolically assumed a spiritual dimension as an elixir of life. In the context of glass reflection, linear shapes are restructured into abstractions and curvatures. Objects are liberated from their fixed matter and reshaped into fluid forms lacking edge and definition.

The decline of alchemy as an established practice was facilitated in the early eighteen century by the rise and acceptance of modern scientific methodology. Ancient spirituality and mysticism were displaced by experimentation and quantitative comparison. Chemistry universally replaced the role of alchemy.

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