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“Reflexions” at Del Vaz Projects


Currently on view at Del Vaz Projects — a hybrid art space and garden located in Shirley Temple’s childhood Santa Monica home — is the two-person exhibition “Reflexions,” a small display of wall works by Anne Libby and Michael Henry Hayden. Both artists utilize domestic materials in their work to create trompe l’oeil wall sculptures that play with light, looking, and the home. 

Hayden’s reliefs are dimensional recreations of a segment of a wall, front door, chain lock, and light switch, like a cross section from the set of a Hollywood sitcom. The artist paints these surfaces with moody raked lighting, carefully recreating shadows that splay off the chain lock in cyans and magentas. Meanwhile, Libby’s aluminum wall works are made from Venitian blinds placed into fanning patterns and then cast in aluminum and polished to a mirrored, light-reflecting finish. Together, the two artists’ works muse on themes of reflection, mimicry, and interiority. 

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Photo: “Reflexions” at Del Vaz Projects (installation view). Photograph by Esteban Schimpf. Courtesy Del Vaz Projects.