Dan Graham

Two Two-Way Mirrored Parallelograms Joined with One Side Balanced Spiral Welded Mesh (1996)

About this artwork

This is the only example of Dan Graham's work currently on display in a public space in Britain. Since the late 1970s the artist has made several pavilions which are designed to be sited outside, like this work. The two-way mirrors are both transparent and reflective so viewers can see reflections of themselves and of the surrounding area as well as views through the glass. This type of reflective glass is commonly used in office buildings. In this way Graham has introduced a piece of urban architecture into a 'rural' setting. The use of mirrors makes the audience part of the sculpture.

Dan Graham

Dan Graham

Artist and writer Dan Graham was born in Illinois and lives and works in New York. He ran the Daniels Gallery, New York from 1964 to 1965, where he came into contact with minimalist artists such as Dan Flavin and Sol LeWitt. Graham began producing art in the late 1960s, after becoming disillusioned with the commercial gallery system. His first works appeared in magazines and were designed to look out of place; for example, he once inserted a picture of a badly-printed supermarket receipt in 'Harper's Bazaar'. Graham's work also includes performance, video and installations of mirrored rooms.