DOUBLE PARALLAX (2023)
LED lights, glass, steel, brass enamel, sound
Double Parallax is a new collaboration between Meng-Yu Yan and Anna May Kirk. Twin optical sculptures interplay glass, shadow and light to recreate a parallax effect. The work explores the historical use of the parallax – the changing perception of an object in relation to its background, based on the position and movement of a viewer. Double Parallax marks significant anniversaries of the discovery and measurement of the Flying Star, 61 Cygni, whose stellar parallax was measured for the first time to quantify the distance of the Earth within the vastness of the cosmos. Across deep time and cosmic distance, this sculptural installation aligns human and celestial bodies. Mimicking the form of eyes, lenses, telescopes and double stars, Yan and Kirk’s collaborative works explore a mirroring of the body as an object in, and containing, the infinitude of space.
Curated by Althea Kuzman for The Cube at Mosman Art Gallery
Production by Kealey Bacic
Sound design by Mara Schwerdtfeger
Documentation photos by Jacquie Manning