Sight/Site (infinity machine) 1994-98
Wood, mirrors, wood stain.
62 x 28 x 22 inches.
An attempt to turn the concept of the readymade on its head by
building things that suggested a practical function eventually lead
to an object that did work, although not in any practical way.
Sight/Site is a device that creates a well-known phenomenon: an
illusion of 'infinite regression.' The phenomenon suggests that the
viewer or observer is seeing something of seeing itself, or that the
work is 'looking back' at the viewer. A palpable connection is thus
made between work and viewer through a perceptual act. The infinite
regression, shown above, is seen through a centered peep hole on the
back of the device as the viewer gazes into another mirror the same
size mounted on a wall across from it in perfect alignment. The mirror
images become a hypothetical site for sight itself.