7 DEADLY $INS (3 of 7) – “VANITY”
In conventional parlance, VANITY is the excessive belief in one’s own abilities or attractiveness to others. Prior to the 14th century it did not have such narcissistic undertones, and merely meant futility. In many religions vanity, in its modern sense, is considered a form of self-idolatry, in which one rejects God for the sake of one’s own image, and thereby becomes divorced from the graces of God. In Christian teachings vanity is considered an example of pride, one of the seven deadly sins. This list evolved from an earlier list of eight sins, which included vainglory as a sin independent of pride.
Inspired from an expression we’ve spoken time and time again, the concept for our “VANITY MIRROR” sculpture came naturally. “GET OVER YOURSELF.“ When you hear that- you got a problem with your pride buddy!
This piece of our series was especially pleasing, because we could venture into audience interaction and involvement. Take a look in the mirror. The viewer literally becomes a part of this gallery wall, and is now in visual participation with the artwork’s dialogue. It’s pretty funny. On the inside T$F felt like we got a chance to tell a whole shitload of people to personally “Get Over Yourself.” ZIIIIING!
Having the “Vanity Mirror” concept locked and loaded in Los Angeles, assembling this on-site (in Atlanta) wasn’t too difficult. HOWEVER— No Thanks to the lack of financial support from the conference organizers like T$F explained HERE. We purchased a house “mirror with sconces” from some lady on craigslist. She seemed well weirded out when the T$F crew came inside her house. The design, shape, and size was perfect but the condition and finish was way too crispy and polished. First we applied a liquid iron surfacer to the frame. When it dried we used a mixer to force the activation of rust. It looked legit. Appeared to be rescued from a sunken ship! The sconce shades were naturally treated with the mud from SLAB TOWN.
While the frame was drying from the reaction, we began to apply our quote to the glass of the mirror. Using a highly caustic substance to “frost” glass, we chemically etched the letters into the front. It only takes minutes for the chemical to fully react- so basically you only get one chance to get it correct. This stuff is super permanent. It literally disintegrates the top layer of glass leaving a translucent effect. It’s most often used in arts and crafts to stencil small decorations. We applied the glass etching cream FREE HAND using a paintbrush. It took several hours of tedious craftsmanship.
The reception was crowded and it was funny to see peoples interest in this piece. It was on a corner spot, so tricky to avoid. We assume many people checked their hair and teeth in that mirror— oh the irony! It was difficult to get a decent photo of this piece, it usually included the photographer in the picture, or the flash would reflect in the mirror. Here’s a few pics we probably jacked from the web. Shout out to The Fashion Cult for spotlighting this piece, seen HERE. The two best photos we credit to Ryan James, whose flickr can be found HERE. Thanks guy!