artist’s book
limited edition of 30

Ke Xu 许珂
Yue Zhou 周玥


digital print on paper, bound by clip

a collaboration between Ke Xu 许珂 and Yue Zhou 周玥
published by DREAMER FTY 夢廠

Looking Glass means "mirror". After Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking-Glass was published in 1871, the term “Looking Glass” came to mean “the opposite of normal or uncanny.”

The title of this book, Glass-Looking, is an invented word based on the structure of “Bird-Watching”, emphasizing the act of observation with glass as the subject. Glasses in this book are taken from IKEA product photos and are presented at the original dimensions as stated in the product listing. Ke Xu and Yue Zhou, as observers, retrospectively observe the triple translations between the actual glass, the product photo and the image in the book. In this process, paper carries the container function of the glass, and the transparent property of the glass penetrates the pages. A visual game flows between two and three dimensions, realised by flipping the pages.

This is not a catalogue about glasses, it is more about seeing and cognition, and the implied lacuna in between, this subtle shift of focus to cognitive bias echoes "the opposite of normal or uncanny" view that can be found through the "Looking Glass”.

Looking Glass有“镜子”之意。 刘易斯·卡罗尔的《爱丽丝镜中奇遇记》(Through the Looking-Glass)于 1871 年出版后,Looking Glass也有了“与正常或预期不同”的意味。


这不是一本关于杯子的图录,它更关乎于观看与认知,及其间所隐含的,这种微妙的转变/认知偏差呼应了“Looking Glass”所象征的“与正常或预期不同”的意味。

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