1, 2 or 3: what do you see?

A new sculpture from artist James Hopkins plays with perspective to reveal different numerical forms depending on the viewer’s point of, er, view

A new sculpture from artist James Hopkins plays with perspective to reveal different numerical forms depending on the viewer’s point of, er, view

123 has just been installed outside the Florentinum development in Prague. The two and a half metre tall stainless steel sculpture transforms into either a 1, a 2 or a 3 depending on where the viewer is standing.

 

 

 

This concept video explains more

 

Much of Hopkins’ work (see here) plays with perspective and tricks of the eye. Or, as
Richard Birkett of the Artists Space in New York puts it, “His highly focused practice has consistently addressed the perceptual aspects of the relationship between artwork and viewer. Producing objects, installations and public works that in their level of fabrication approximate processes of high-end mass production, Hopkins fuses the surface logic of the commodity with that of a fairground mise-en-scene. Arrangements of elements are carefully constructed to create slippages in perception, wherein the viewer’s confidence in what is seen shifts as their physical location in relation to the work changes. This “trickery” is employed in a manner that reflects on philosophical and psychological traditions related to the connectivity between vision, language and thought.” Quite.

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