Head case: Jorge Pardo creates a hall of mirrors at David Gill Gallery

Cuban-born, Merida-based artist Jorge Pardo explores portraiture in a new show of mirrors at David Gill Gallery

 Jorge Pardo creates a hall of mirrors at David Gill Gallery
(Image credit: Jorge Pardo)

At first glance, Jorge (opens in new tab)Pardo (opens in new tab)'s huge oval-shaped mirrors that are currently lining the walls of London's David Gill Gallery look as if they are framed by abstract flowers made up of concentric circles. However on closer inspection, the outline of each swirling pattern can be identified as the cross section of a skull.

Cut on a CNC router, the cerebral head scans each belong to a writer or thinker admired by the Havana-born artist. Among the anonymous portraits are Hal Foster, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, food writer Jonathan Gold, and the great art critic of the modernist era, Clement Greenberg.

A series of cabinets and tables featuring portraits of the artist and his family are displayed alongside the mirrors. 'I thought it would be interesting if this show took on the role of a convoluted portraiture machine with all the works having different forms of portraits,' says Pardo. 'The mirrors are portraits of critics, the furniture with portraiture of my family and the tables will have images of me. Some of the furniture will also hang from the wall like paintings.'

The 12 mirrors, each measuring 274cm in height, feature a constellation of 12 heads that amplify the natural irregularities in the shape of the skull. 'The patterns are random,' says Pardo. 'When I work with patterns and colour my interest is density of irregularity. It's a simple system, which is really not much of a system: I choose a shape to disperse colour and any combinations of colour work.'

Jorge Pardo creates a hall of mirrors at David Gill Gallery

For the show, Pardo has crafted a set of 12 mirrors framed by 12 skull cross-sections 

(Image credit: Jorge Pardo)

Jorge Pardo creates a hall of mirrors at David Gill Gallery

Made up of concentric circles cut on a CNC router, the cerebral head scans each belong to a writer or thinker admired by the artist

(Image credit: Jorge Pardo)

Jorge Pardo creates a hall of mirrors at David Gill Gallery

 'I thought it would be interesting if this show took on the role of a convoluted portraiture machine with all the works having different forms of portraits,' says Pardo

(Image credit: Jorge Pardo)

Jorge Pardo creates a hall of mirrors at David Gill Gallery

A series of wall-mounted cabinets and tables featuring portraits of the artist and his family are displayed alongside the mirrors

(Image credit: Jorge Pardo)

Jorge Pardo creates a hall of mirrors at David Gill Gallery

 'The mirrors are portraits of critics, the furniture with portraiture of my family and the tables will have images of me... some of the furniture will also hang from the wall like paintings,' explains Pardo

(Image credit: Jorge Pardo)

INFORMATION

‘Meretricious’ is on view until 11 November

ADDRESS

David Gill Gallery
2–4 King Street
London, SW1Y 6QP

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