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THE UNLOVED, 2014

A five room installation for the storage depot of the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, Belgium, a city known primarily for the perfectly preserved medieval architecture resulting from the city’s brief status as a major port city before its canal link to the sea silted up in the 16th century.

Pierced mirrors hanging in front of each of the rooms allow viewers to see seldom-exhibited paintings. The works so displayed were thematically organized to create a progression from Bruges through its old canal network to its traditional harbor and finally to the sea. In each room, save the last, the mirrors faced identically sized paintings based on contemporary satellite images of corresponding locations, again starting with Bruges, progressing through its new canal system and ending with its enormous and little-known modern container port. All waterways in the paintings were inlaid with mirror.

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THE UNLOVED. Ellen Harvey. 2014. One painting in four panels, oil on plywood, inlaid Plexiglas mirror, each panel: 108 3/16 x 208 3/4“ (275 x 530 cm); five pierced Plexiglas and steel panels with mirror foil, each panel: 108 3/16 x 208 3/4” (275 x 530 cm) in front of five installations of works in the Groeninge Museum storage depot. Installation view, The Unloved, Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium, October 1, 2014–May 20, 2015. Photograph: Dominique Provost.