Inspired by classic pinball machines, Anastassiades’ General Illuminations is a group of new lights. The designs combine archetypical spheres with mirrored surfaces that reflect the light and create a sense of endless depth. The impossibility for one to see one’s reflection in the mirror is a play on the myth of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image, while the sphere references those used by clairvoyants to read into the future.
The design seeks to dematerialise its elements: the mirror that one can’t see inside, the static ball, the wooden elements on the walls; they all join the mythology that Anastassiades has been building meticulously throughout his collections over time. Through these romantic yet playful references, the concept of the pinball comes to life again through the balls and lights, leaving one to imagine the familiar sounds echoing throughout the gallery in which General Illuminations is displayed.
This collection was presented as part of Rodeo Gallery’s 2014 exhibition Doings on Time and Light in Istanbul.