Why stop at a single Astroturf Aeron chair when you can cover an entire room in shards of recycled green glass? Brooklyn-based artist Mark Reigelman, whose website’s splash page tells us that he’s “awesome,” created this installation called Breaking the Bottle,’ at New York’s Heller Gallery.
Mark Reigelman’s project took three months to complete. Each object is composed of about 40 layers of glass shards, and the installation altogether uses over 1,000 pounds of 100% recycled glass and 20 gallons of adhesive epoxy resin. That’s commitment!
The green color and crystalline surface texture evoke clipped, performative topiaries of the outdoors: the innate danger and hostility of glass shards make them useful barriers, but they also greatly isolate the objects contained within. Reigleman’s abrasive integration of this material in a typically comforting interior subverts expectations to examine increasingly blurred distinctions between public and private domain.
I write: Ooh, look, a cat!