Currently on view at Mixed Greens, New York is Conor Backman’s solo exhibition “Diorama” consists of new paintings and sculptures that continue Backman’s engagement with representation, reproduction, origin, and translation. The exhibition’s title references both the contemporary interpretation of the word diorama as a framed, re-created model landscape, and the word’s origin as a picture-viewing device developed by Louis Daguerre in the early 19th century. Daguerre, best known for inventing the daguerreotype process of photography, began his career as a painter. His dioramas marked a transition between painting and photography, combining double-sided painted screens and varying degrees of illumination from camera obscuras to produce a theatrical experience. These two understandings mark the starting point for Backman’s show.
“Diorama” is on view through November 9th, 2013.
For more information on “Diorama” visit Mixed Greens, New York.