Friday, April 13, 2012

Portraits of the Ken and Barbie Killers

Segments from Jewel Net of Indra by Gareth Bate featuring
Canadian serial killers Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo

This morning, Google Alerts brought me to view photographs from this positively astounding installation currently showing in Toronto, Canada:

Jewel Net of Indra
"Gareth Bate's Jewel Net of Indra installation for Come Up to My Room 2012 at Toronto's Gladstone Hotel, is a cosmology representing the interconnectedness of all things. It is based on a Mahayana Buddhist metaphor of an infinite net of jewels, each representing an individual. Every jewel is a reflection of all others. For this ongoing project, Gareth is interpreting the metaphor as a meditation on the variety of lives-lived, and our relationships to the individuals who shape history. What aspects of these people are within us?
The installation is a wall of over one thousand acrylic mirrored discs. Three hundred and twenty-five mirrors contain hand-painted miniature portraits of iconic and influencial individuals. The accumulation of discs fragments the viewers as they move through the empty room. The negative space creates the net."