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Craigslist Mirrors

Eric Oglander
24 april 2016

This series was born out of my compulsion to collect and Craigslist served as a vast resource to me for finding merchandise. I’d spend countless hours hunting for it. While pursuing, I’d stumble upon inadvertently compelling and beautiful photographs that I’d drag into a folder on my desktop. I found a photo of a convex security mirror leaning against a shed and reflecting the ghostly figure of a couple men. This spawned an obsession with hunting for mirror imagery. It's all about unintentional beauty to me. There’s a certain amount of honesty and lack of pretension that inherently comes along with that - the photo-takers of Craigslist Mirrors obviously had no intention of creating art. Lees meer

Craigslist Mirrors was born out of my compulsion to collect. My mother and father are both artists, and I grew up surrounded by aesthetically compelling objects, whether they were found or created by us. When I was young, my mother (also a collector) and I would visit garage and estate sales where we found many of the unique and antique objects that filled our home. Soon, my tendency to collect grew to include a borderline obsessive interest in reptiles, when I was nine. I eventually had 14 exotic species of pythons. The snakes were replaced a couple years later with a fervent love for art and bicycles, and when I was 18 I began buying and re-selling the latter. This gradually evolved into selling a variety of different items, and Craigslist served as a vast resource for finding the merchandise. I’d spend countless hours hunting for it. While pursuing, I’d stumble upon inadvertently compelling and beautiful photographs that I’d drag into a folder on my desktop. I found a photo of a convex security mirror leaning against a shed and reflecting the ghostly figure of a couple men. This spawned an obsession with hunting for mirror imagery. I shared the images with friends on Facebook but wanted a better format for displaying and organizing the photos. Tumblr became my dumping site. I soon had an audience which carried the project to Instagram. This in turn fuelled the hunt that continues today. The art I make and the objects I collect all revolve around unintentional beauty. There’s a certain amount of honesty and lack of pretension that inherently comes along with that. This is also what makes outsider “art” and African and other tribal works so appealing to me. In the case of Craigslist Mirrors, the photo-takers had no intention of creating art. I’m simply recognizing what’s there and sharing it in mass.
(www.craigslistmirrors.com)

Eric Oglander

Eric Oglander