INFINITY, the installation created by Stephen Newby, constists simply of a ring of light, caught between two mirrors. As everybody who ever stood between two mirrors knows, this creates the effect of endless reflection. To the visitor it looks as if an endless tunnel bores through the canal. It may happen that, as a spectator, you get confused by what you see, but that’s exactly what is intended. Giving the spectator an experience of alienation is what this British artist is after in all his works. ‘I like to make objects that confuse the eye and that give spectators the feeling, if only for a moment, of being in another space dimension.’
Newby entered the public eye by blowing up metal objects. When he works with light, nothing is what it seems to be either. ‘In this case I make use of an existing principle, but in an unexpected place.’ According to Newby the two mirrors symbolize the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ Europe and the endless reflection of light represents all the possibilities coming from mutual collaboration. Besided, the artist adds, INFINITY is about staying united in time. NFINITY is a work you can watch endlessly, which partly due to the fact that it changes with every step you take.
Over the past two decades the British artist Stephen Newby has worked with stainless steel materials. For the realization of Full Blow Metals in 2001, Newby developed a technique that literally breathes new life into steel and metals. Newby has recently broadened his field of work with other reflective forms, including light. “I like to create objects that confuse the eye and give the viewer the feeling that he/she has found his/herself in another dimension.”