Mirror Masks were designed to reflect the “other”. As research has shown that humans reflect each other with micro-momentary facial movements, I thought it would be fun to bypass that process and show the “other” how they appear directly by looking into the mirror of self.

Mirror Masks by Ken Rinaldo at Sherman Art Studios the Ohio State University
Mirror Masks by Ken Rinaldo at Sherman Art Studios Glass Shop at the Ohio State University

I am interested in the fusiform gyrus in the human brain in particular and felt this work would also get those areas of the brain to light up. As I was working with these masks I also found they were quite good at reflecting our surrounds and showing the things we are interested in and they became a kind of texture for concern and interest.

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Mirror Masks by Ken Rinaldo at the culmination of the performance at Glass Axis invited by Kami Meighan

Later I was invited to show these works at Glass Axis as part of the Glassquerade curated by Kami Westhoff and created 11 custom mirror masks, for the glass club at The Ohio State University. I feel a wonderful resonance from the high reflective states of the masks and the complex transparency and refractive qualities of glass.

Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs
Mirror Masks by Ken Rinaldo looking at artist Amy Youngs 2015

Ken Rinaldo at Glass Axis Glassquarade.

Ken Rinaldo with mirror mask look at artist Amy Youngs 2015
Mirror Masks by Ken Rinaldo looking at artist Amy Youngs 2015

Amy Youngs wears Mirror Mask and looks at woman.

As I watched the use of these masks for the evening at the Glass Axis I observed that the works seem to have a strange disarming affect and somehow push face to face communication, which can often be fraught with self conscious feedback loops and allow it to emerge into a level of play and fun.  Appearances are only mask deep.

Mirror Masks by Ken Rinaldo at Sherman Art Studios the Ohio State University
Mirror Masks by Ken Rinaldo at Sherman Art Studios the Ohio State University

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

ANDERSON GALLERY, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, November 13, 2015.
Mirror Masks in  Creating Public Space: The Art and Politics of the Here and Now. Curated and invited by Lenore Metrick-Chen

EXHIBITIONS

Glass Axis Glassquarade, Columbus Ohio
Mirror Masks by Ken Rinaldo invited and curated by Kami Westhoff 2013

CREDITS

Design and construction: Ken Rinaldo

HARDWARE/TECHNIQUE

Laser cut reflective plastic with illustrator files custom fit to each face. Measured the eye centers, nose and mouth distances.

SHOW DIMENSIONS

This work can be displayed in a slightly darkened room with  place on wall or hanging in free space as the animation above

KEYWORDS

Performance, interactive, fusiform gyrus,