Aaron Christopher Rees’ Mirage presents a collection of new and past works for the Linden Atrium spaces, building upon Rees’ interest in the expanded field of photography and the poetics of optics.
Mirage sees the Linden Atrium spaces immersed in a red spectrum of light through the use of photographic filters—an experience which alters perception, as the eye has a biological response to being immersed in red light. Complementing this work is a series of site-specific photographic darkroom prints responding to the Atrium, in which spatial interventions are visualised through the medium of film—the eye like a scalpel—dissects the visible field. Rees’ video works focus on entoptic phenomena, or the phenomena of the eye seeing itself.
Mirage asks questions about the Idealisation of seeing itself, the construction of the self as expert, and our relationship to the hyperobject that is the sun.