Josiah McElheny, A Twilight Labyrinth (Pharmacy), 2020
Handblown Mirrored Glass, Transparent and Low-iron Industrial Mirrorr, Blue Mirror, Oak, Blue Dye Astain, Electric Lighting, Hardware, Architectural Intervention Made of Sheet Rock, Metal Studs, Plaster and Latex Paint, 24 x 37 1/2 x 24 in. (61 x 95.2 x 61 cm)
Josiah McElheny's Twilight Labyrinth works are architectural installations built to display framed trompe-l’oeil “paintings.” Each "painting" depicts a nocturnal still life of a labyrinthine and infinitely mirrored space, inhabited by a veritable alchemical pharmacy of mercury-like, mirrored stoppered bottles and jars. The series' title suggests the ways in which reality begins to shift at twilight, while the illusion generated by the architectural intervention speaks to the malleability of perception.