Here, now, and everything in between

Planted in the woods like an extraterrestrial monolith, both completely alien and perfectly at home in its environment, lies Image Continuous, a mirrored, eight-foot-tall cube with a sky-reflective circle in the middle. On view at the Edith Farnsworth House in Plano and part of David Wallace Haskins’s “Landscape + Light” exhibition, Image Continuous was conceived in 2010, but kept unfinished until Haskins found the ideal site for the sculpture.

“It was important that it be surrounded by nature, and that it sat in a glade so that it could really disappear into the landscape. As I passed the opening in the woods on the way to the [Farnsworth] house, I immediately knew I had found the place,” he says. Image Continuous is made with pyrolytic coated glass, and Haskins explains that the reflection on it comes from the surface of the glass, not from its backside. The silver is actually baked into the glass itself and is therefore surprisingly clear. 

All the better to appreciate a disconcerting view of the surrounding trees reflected on the cube, juxtaposed by a central circle that reveals the sky. The scene evokes a mirage almost, a dream: two opposite yet very familiar worlds surreally brought together, causing perplexity and amazement in equal measure. “My work is about shifting our perception, helping us see with new eyes that which we have either ignored or become desensitized to. I have always found reflective surfaces are an excellent way to shift our vision, to bring about a reorientation by way of disorientation,” he says. 

Haskins, 46, has been fascinated by reflections since his formative years in west suburban Elmhurst, where he would gaze at the sky reflected in the rain puddles. “Looking back I recognize this was the moment I began to see the world differently, upside down, if you will, and it has continued to inform my life and practice to this day,” he says. It is not a coincidence that his biggest influences are artist René Magritte as well as Yves Klein, whose works, according to Haskins, were also “famous for bringing the sky down to the pictorial plane.”

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