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  Featured Member - June/July07



The Eye of the Artist


"The Eye of the Artist: The Work of Devorah Sperber"
is a current, traveling solo exhibition that originated at the Brooklyn Museum, from January 26 - June 17, 2007, and was co-curated by Marilyn Kushner and Nicole Caruth.

Interested in the links between art, science, and technology through the ages, New York artist, Devorah Sperber deconstructs familiar art historical images to address the way the brain processes visual information versus the way we think we see. "As a visual artist," she says, "I cannot think of a topic more stimulating and yet so basic than the act of seeing "how the human brain makes sense of the visual world."

    VanEyck full
    "After van Eyck," 2006, by Devorah Sperber,  5,024 spools of thread, stainless steel ball chain and hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere, metal stand
(104"-122" h x 100: w x 60" d)

    VanEyck detail
  Detail View: "After van Eyck," 2006, by Devorah Sperber

Using ordinary spools of thread, Sperber creates pixilated, inverted images of masterpieces, which appear as colorful abstractions to the naked eye.  When viewed with optical devices, however, the works becomes immediately recognizable as the famous paintings.

    LastSupper full
    "After the Last Supper," 2005 by Devorah Sperber

The above piece is a life-sized (29' w) rendering of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" constructed from 20,736 spools of thread.

    Detail view: "After the Last Supper," 2005 by Devorah Sperber

"The Eye of the Artist: The Work of Devorah Sperber" includes three thread spool installations which debuted at the 2005 International Ljubljana Print Biennial, where she represented the Brooklyn Museum and the USA, including full scale re-creations of Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper (29' W) and Mona Lisa (30" x 21").

For more information & to contact the artist:

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