Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, according to the old saw, so we indulge the fantasy of celebrity look-alikes and laugh at the professional impersonator. But if you were walking down the street and bumped into someone with your same features, you'd be a little freaked out, no? This compelling dichotomy is explored in I'll Be Your Mirror
, the new exhibition at the Sheldon Art Galleries. Slater Bradley's Dark Night of the Soul
, a film in which his artistic collaborator, Benjamin Brock, acts as Bradley's stand-in, strolls through a museum to the strains of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
, deals directly with the idea of the double; Charles Ray's photograph, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World
, plays with the inversely named Ray Charles' big hit single, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," and explores the oblique doubling that occurs when people share a similar name. I'll Be Your Mirror
opens with a free opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 30, at the Sheldon Art Galleries (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900 or www.thesheldon.org
). The work remains up through Saturday, February 11, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 30. Continues through Feb. 11, 2011