Life size sculpture with a mirror
In Le EL, Simon Schubert appropriates the iconic surrealism of Rene Magritte’s 1937 painting, Not To Be Reproduced, where the viewer is confronted by a rear-view image of a man gazing into a mirror, and the same view jarringly repeated in the mirror. Constructing this image in sculptural form, Schubert further complicates this notion of illusion as reflective of psychological state. Converging the horror of dream-space with the three dimensionality of the ‘real’ world, Schubert’s figure and reflection extends beyond pictorial suggestion. Placed in front of a mirror, Schubert’s sculpture encapsulates the viewer and gallery space as an extension of the scene, drawing all into the disturbing tableau of emotional isolation and inner torment.