Monday, January 26, 2009
Unravelling Devorah Sperber art
New York artist, Devorah Sperber is interested in the links between art, science, and technology through the ages. Sperber deconstructs familiar images to address the way the brain processes visual information versus the way we think we see. She uses ordinary spools of thread to create amazing inverted and pixelated images of famous artworks.
The thread spools works are hung upside down in reference to the fact that the lens of the eye projects an inverted image of the world onto the retina, which is corrected by the brain. A clear acrylic sphere, positioned in front of each work, functions like the human eye and brain, not only inverting but also focusing the image so that it appears as a sharp, faithful, right-side-up reproduction of the famous painting.
I must say, I don't actually care about the metaphors behind her art, her work is mind-boggling! Not only is it upside down, it's made out of spools of thread! I mean come on! It's exhillirating that artists today still have the creativity to blow our minds. This reminds me of some of my earlier posts on interesting art and artists:
THE WORLD'S FIRST UNDERWATER SCULPTURE PARK
BARCELO'S CONTROVERSIAL CEILING ARTWORK
BRIAN DETTMER'S UNBELIEVABLE BOOK AUTOPSIES
MIKE STILKEY'S BOOK ART
FACINATING BALOON ART
SAIMIR STRATI'S EXTRAORDINARY MURALS