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Item Name: Installation
Title: Charles Rea, Mirror Mazes, from Crystal Lab/Mirror Mazes
Maker: Turner Prize*
Year: 2012
Country: Canadian
Materials: sandblasted mirrors
Measurements: three pieces, 152 cm diameter each
ID Number: PC2014.5
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: This installation of mirrors was created by the Regina based collective Turner Prize* for the 50th anniversary of Dunlop Art Gallery, in an exhibition entitled, “Golden Jubilee” in 2012. The exhibit included 6 large scale installations that revisited each decade of Dunlop's history through "covers" of art works by Douglas Morton, Douglas Bentham, Tomiyo Sasaki, Leesa Streifler, Charles Rea, and Terrance Houle. The original for this Turner Prize* work was a series of convex mirrors with painted mazes shown in “Crystal Lab/ Mirror Mazes” by Charles Rea (2006). In their iteration, Turner Prize* reference mazes in popular culture, using a design from the hedge mazes in the American horror-suspense film The Shining (1980). Their installation uses mirrors, similar to the type Charles Rea used in an area roughly the shape of a “white cube”. The mirrors are painted in a series of increasingly complex maze designs and were mounted to reflect each other. Entering the space, the viewer becomes part of the artwork, “lost” in a maze of reflections, art, and pop culture references. When it was exhibited, “Golden Jubilee” proved to be a refreshing invitation for gallery visitors to reflect on the institution’s history and social context. Turner Prize* (2008-2012) was a Regina based art collective that presented performance, photography, and installation across Canada and the United States. Their name is a play on the title of the Tate Gallery’s annual award for Britain’s most promising artist under the age of fifty. The Regina collective’s use of this name combined with an asterisk uses humour to question the celebrity value of artistic competitions and the hierarchy of the art world. The artists in Turner Prize* were Jason Cawood, Blair Fornwald and John G. Hampton. Their research explored the mysterious, social, and translative properties of the "creative act” looking at the intersections between dreams, ideas and histories through images, writings and other representations by other artists, dreamers, and writers. To create their art works, the collective used the language of dream analysis and interpretation, ritual and magick, and the aesthetics of mid-century pop psychology and psychedelia.