Review: Andy Zimmermann “Where Am I?”

Meing and Nothingness (detail), Andy Zimmermann

When confronted with Andy Zimmermann’s current work at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, as a viewer, I cannot avoid but feel narcissistic and disconnected from the world. One cannot view Zimmermann’s sculptures without staring at our reflection in the mirrors that hang on the walls which serve as the main components in the sculptures of Andy Zimmermann’s Where Am I?

Meing and Nothingness, a massive and chaotic arrangement of mirrors mounted on welded steel tripods constantly remind us of our presence in the gallery space, as with all the four other sculptures in the show. With mirrors pointing at every direction, we’re left to ask; am I the narcissistic one? Or is it the artist?

The answer to those questions lies in the work, here&here&here, a five part welded steel and audio electronic sculpture dispersed throughout Zimmermann’s side of the gallery (the Boston Sculptors Gallery shows two artists concurrently, at this time Benjamin Cariens shares the other half of the space). Here&here&here tells us that it is not about the viewer, but rather about the artist. Or is it?

Using motion tracking software and an overhead camera, the artist calls on the viewer to find him here and here and here. As viewers, we are left with only questions as we do not know where exactly is the “here” or “there.” With a psychology and studio art degree from Harvard College in 1975 and M.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2003, it only seems natural to me that Zimmermann’s works at the Boston Sculptors Gallery deal with personality disorders like narcissism because of his psychology background as an undergraduate.

Other than its psychological intentions, I found it difficult to find much substance in all the mirrors that make up the work of Andy Zimmermann. The sound that accompanies the works is at times soothing and haunting, but it doesn’t move me or make any deep personal connections with the work.

Where Am I? is on view until May 22.

Dressing Room, Andy Zimmermann

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