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  Devorah Sperber
April 22 - May 28, 2004
 

This exhibition will include sculptures based on images by artists who were influenced by the optical technologies of their eras: Holbein, Vermeer and Dali, and their use of anamorphic perspective, the camera obscura, and computer-generated imagery, respectively. In each of these, Sperber combines commonplace materials with simple optical devices in order to explore the link between art and technology, as well as the connection between subjective perception and reality. Sperber meticulously assembles thousands of elements--spools of thread or chenille stems--in such a manner that a recognizable image is surprisingly revealed when the sculpture is viewed through a clear acrylic sphere or curved mirror. The subject matter of these images often contrasts with the simple, functional materials which compose the individual “pixels.” This balance between ordered representation and elemental abstraction, along with a labor-intensive process of hand assembly, emphasizes Sperber’s low-tech approach to science and technology.
 
 
After Vermeer I, 2003-4
Mixed media
90 3/8 x 96 1/4 inches

After Vermeer I, 2003-4
Mixed media
90 3/8 x 96 1/4 inches
DETAIL

After Holbein 2, 2003-4
Mixed media
18 1/2 X 20 inches
 
After Holbein 2, 2003-4
Mixed media
18 1/2 X 20 inches
SIDE VIEW

After Holbein 2, 2003-4
Mixed media
18 1/2 X 20 inches
DETAIL

After Holbein I, 2003-4
Mixed media
76 inches diameter
 
After Holbein I, 2003-4
Mixed media
76 inches diameter

After Dali I, 2003-4
Mixed media
78 5/8 x 61 inches

After Dali 2, 2003-4
Mixed media
78 5/8 x 61 inches
 
After Dali (series of 8), 2003-4
Mixed media
8 pieces,
each 30 x 21 3/4 inches

After Dali (series of 8), 2003-4
Mixed media
8 pieces,
each 30 x 21 3/4 inches
Panel 4

After Dali (series of 8), 2003-4
Mixed media
8 pieces,
each 30 x 21 3/4 inches
DETAIL of panel 4
 
After Dali (series of 8), 2003-4
Mixed media
8 pieces,
each 30 x 21 3/4 inches
Panel 8
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