Objects in Mirror – media

Photo-Eye (US)
Sarah Bradley, ‘A Closer Look – Objects in Mirror‘, Photo-Eye, August 2012

«The essays are often equal parts critical analysis and history. […] Raymond Frenken’s ‘Pictures from the Brink of Love and Death’ pulls together a number of stories and a variety of information to give a complex view of Niagara Falls that includes love, suicide, visual perfection of natural elements and the movies. I learned from Frenken’s essay that in 1969 American Falls was diverted down Horseshoe Falls and cleaned of debris and reinforced, Goat Island enlarged and elements sculpted to make for a more aesthetically pleasing view. Next time I’m near Niagara I plan to find out when the hydroelectric plants up river reroute water back over the falls for the day-time visitors; I’d like to see the falls be ‘switched on.’»

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De Avonden (NL)

VPRO, De Avonden, NPO Radio 6, March 14, 2012

Editor/designer Hans Gremmen interviewed by Catherine van Campen about Objects in Mirror – exhibition and book; broadcast on Dutch national public radio (14 min.).

Niagara-railing-break


António Araújo (PT)

António Araújo, ‘Niagara fall’, Malomil, January 2013

«Creio que é de Saramago uma definição da morte que dizia mais ou menos isto, cruamente: «estás vivo e a seguir não estás». Ao contrário, o gato de Schrödinger consegue estar vivo e morto ao mesmo tempo. Mas nós não somos gatos, muito menos gatos quânticos, pelo que se cairmos do alto a morte é certa, ou quase certa. Vem esta conversa despropositada a propósito de uma imagem que Raymond Frenken utilizou na abertura de um belíssimo ensaio sobre as Cataratas do Niagara: «Pictures from the Brink of Love and Death. Niagara Falls». O texto surgiu num livro recente, fascinante: Objects in Mirror. The Imagination of the American Landscape. Para os amantes de «Americana» […], o livrinho, profusamente ilustrado, tem um pouco de tudo: Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Easy Rider, bisontes, Niagara Falls. Estão lá vários lugares ou ícones que construíram a imagem da América e a projectaram no mundo, que fizeram o Irresistible Empire de que fala, noutro belo livro.»

«A definition of death, I believe by Saramago, states rather bluntly, “you’re alive and then you’re not”. On the other hand, Schrödinger’s cat can be alive and dead at the same time. But we aren’t cats – let alone quantum cats – so if we fall from great height, death is certain, or almost certain. I arrive at this pointless conversation with regard to an image that Raymond Frenken has used in the opening of a beautiful essay on the Niagara Falls: «Pictures from the Brink of Love and Death. Niagara Falls». The text appeared in a fascinating recent book: Objects in Mirror. The Imagination of the American Landscape. For lovers of «Americana» […], the profusely illustrated book has a little of everything: Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Easy Rider, bisons, Niagara Falls. The beautiful book shows various places or icons that have shaped the image of America in the world, and make up the so-called Irresistible Empire.»