I’ve tried to take a love-the sinner, hate-the-sin approach to artists and their statements, and on a good day I’m a big enough man to rise above the endless tide of self-aggrandising bullshit. Today is not that day.
Penguins Mirror by Israeli-American artist Daniel Rozin is an installation of 450 motorized toy penguins that mimic the observer by turing to face them, revealing their little white bellies.
I thought is was a sweet, fun, kind of silly installation. But I sadly oblivious to the rococo undertones and critiques of conformity that the artist’s statement lays bare:
Reductive in palette, yet baroque in behavior, it performs an absurdly homogeneous system of movement. Playing with the compositional possibilities of black and white, each penguin turns from side to side and responds to the presence of an audience. As they perform, the penguins’ collective intelligence is puzzling, yet somehow familiar, as the plush toys enact a precise choreography rooted in geometry.