In both subject matter and material, the artworks featured in Reflections, Refractions highlight the ephemerality of natural elements, while referencing art history, science, and the inevitability of change. Serkan Ӧzkaya’s transparent, water-filled orb, O, presents a world upside down: the surrounding spaces and faces are reflected in reverse, while Rob Wynne’s Silver Wave A reimagines the reflective quality of water as glass floating on the wall. Both works defy the power and motion often associated with water; Ӧzkaya’s sculpture contains 1883 gallons, while Wynne’s wave is flattened and fixed.
Also inspired by explorations of the invisible, guiding forces of nature, Alyson Shotz’s Fluid State depicts the life cycle of a fictional, liquid-blue landscape, while Astrid Krogh’s practice illuminates the force of patterns. Combining creativity with science, Krogh’s Planet moves and shimmers, seemingly breathing and pulsating with a life of its own. The subtle shaking of Jeppe Hein’s Mirror Wall, triggered by a motion sensor, fractures the viewer’s reflection, manifesting the flux of the ever-changing self. Hein describes his works as “social sculptures” that facilitate and influence interactions between viewers, emphasizing the audience’s vital role in activating art’s communicative potential.