Valerie Snobeck / Grand Beauty Salon
“The partially erased mirrors Valerie Snobeck flirts with avant-garde chestnuts like Duchamp’s “Large
Glass” and Robert Rauschenberg’s “Erased de Kooning Drawing.” And as Ms.
Snobeck deploys them in a scattered installation of wall and floor
sculptures, they also perk up a tired post-Minimalist idiom.
Ms. Snobeck’s technique depends on the type of mirror she’s working
with: she might use acid or a Brillo pad or a blade to abrade the
surface. The resulting patterns vary from cloudy, as in “Static
Movement,” to clean-edged, in “Replication.”
The mirrors are sometimes adorned with crumpled and draped sheets of
printed plastic, as well as sheets of the adhesive film typically used
to protect laptop and smart-phone screens. The screen film is a clever
touch; it keeps some of the mirrors from looking too antiquey and
invokes the narcissism of modern-day gadgetry. In a few of the larger
works, chunks of dyed wood add color and structural support.”