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Kader Attia’s "Mirrors of Emotion": The Work of Art Fabrication in Kingston

Art Fabrication in Kingston has become significant in the world of fine art. As innovative techniques, equipment and concept methodology make it even more possible for the artwork to be constructed, art fabricators in Kingston never miss the spotlight.

Kader Attia’s "Mirrors of Emotion" is one of the many exceptional art fabrication works of Co-op Concept & Fabrication. In collaboration with Lehmann Maupin Gallery, we produced two sets of work for Kader Attia’s exhibition. The first consisted of large scale black glass manufactured to look as though an oversize pane had shattered. Each piece consists of many individually cut, finished, and custom mounted components. The second set of work was comprised of custom molded and cast concrete megaphones, which were produced following an extensive research & development process.

Who is Kader Attia as an artist?

Kader Attia as an artist ideally created these pieces of work to speak about the socio-political flaws and disequilibrium of post-colonial present. Flawless and coherent as they may seem, yet his sensitivity to his artworks speaks to how poetic, rigorous, and contemporaneous he is. The "Mirrors of Emotion" depicts the complexities of emotional experience by means of collective, individual, and psychoanalytical standpoints. Growing up both in Paris and Algeria, Kader Attia got inspired by Etienne de la Boétie. A French philosopher who coined the theory describing how a tyrant can become a mirror of emotions for the society. To become a mirror of emotion means constantly appearing in populace and becoming internalized by the people to remind them of their power. Moreover, he believes that the era we are living in today drives a new populism because of the emotional reaction to demographic change and economic discrimination. Thus, by means of art fabrication combined with the brilliant ideas and imagination of the artist, we were able to present Attia’s works.

Exhibited in a sequence of rooms in the gallery are sculpture, drawings, and a large-scale glass works installation. To provide an invisible repair, he often engaged his artworks with the modern compulsion. According to Kader, “While in the past we would repair a broken object by making the wound visible with staples or thread for instance, in modern societies, the principle is to repair by erasing completely the wound and to give an appearance of the object as per its original state. In the second, the repaired object is seemingly completely free of any wound, it has disappeared even though the wound remains, which represents an illusion of a control over time that is manifested by a denial of its history, the incident that caused the break, and of the object.”

Images of his artworks showcased in Lehmann Maupin Gallery can be seen below. In order to view the main gallery, check Lehman Maupin exhibitions.