"Sphärisches Objekt (Spherical Object)", 1972
5 Semi-transparent concave strips of glass in front of a mirror
9.45 x 16.14 x 3.54 in
Signed and dated verso, "Luther 72"
Stamped in red ink "LUTHER LICHT u. MATERIE"
Über das Werk
Adolf Luther was one of the leading German exponents of Kinetic and Optical Art. From the 1960s he dedicated himself to the theme of light, and from 1962 began crafting his first light objects from glass shards. In the mid-60s he switched to using high quality materials such as optical lenses, prisms and convex and concave mirrors to render the light in space visible. His "spherical objects" are comprised of translucent, curved strips of glass placed in front of an opaque mirror. The horizontal alignment of this light object and the curvature of the semi-transparent glass strips correspond to the lateral spatial perception of our sweeping gaze. We stand before the mirrors which, however, do not reflect a reality we are accustomed to seeing in a "normal" mirror. Luther's combination of various types of mirrors generates an array of fascinating, yet enigmatic light phenomena, which extend beyond our tangible reality. Consequently, his "spherical object" does not offer a window into an alien world, but - as a mirror - reveals that it is our own reality manifesting itself as an alien sphere of light abounding in shifting guises and energies.