Art Thread

In the second of today’s art fiber entries, Barbara sends a link to an exhibition of Devorah Sperber’s work at the Brooklyn Museum. It runs through June 17th so it’s not too late to see it.

Her site (while not without with some arty goobley-gook that careens around like an out of control pin ball in my brain) is pretty cool. Unlike a lot of artist’s sites, the background is clean and sparse; it’s not competing for attention detracting from its purpose. The site also includes a pod cast so you can listen while perusing the images. Pretty neat!

Her …tapestries?…are comprised of varying colors of thread spools (sponsored in part by Coats & Clark, natch) suspended to form pixilated copies of well known artists paintings. Below is an example of the Mona Lisa.

If you go to the site, you’ve already seen what I did “wrong” to this picture. Heh. Being an art-retard, I fail to understand why she had to do everything upside down. Yeah, I know all about the eye/brain transposition thing having learned it in the fourth grade but was it really necessary? I thought the core concept was cool enough to stand on its own. Regardless, do go see and tell me all about it. She has some quite large ones too, including The Last Supper.

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3 comments

  1. Jane says:

    I saw these at the Brooklyn Museum. They are upside down and backwards because when you look into the little crystal ball positioned in front (by Mona Lisa’s left nostril here), you see a tiny, perfect image, right side up.

  2. Allison says:

    I am a frequent lurker/fashion student in Connecticut. I was at the Brooklyn Museum this weekend to see the Murakami exhibit that is there and wanted to see this one too.

    I just wanted to let you know that it was in Brooklyn in the spring of 2007 and is no longer there. It is however, a traveling exhibit and is now on display in Massachussetts at Mass Moca. Here is a link to their site, if you click on current exhibits you can find the info about this one.

    http://www.massmoca.org/

    I am hoping to get a chance to check this one out if I can squeeze out the time. Thanks for all of your great info and links, am saving up for your book.

  3. Sandra B says:

    These are really cool, but it’s not the first time it’s been done. About 15 years ago a large department store, Aherns, in Perth Western Australia
    sponsored an annual art event. About 10 artists worked within the city store and created a variety of contemporary art things. Some were very conceptual, and went over the general public’s head, but the best ones were witty and accessible. One year an artist used spools of thread (sponsored by Gutermann) to create pixellated images, another year an artist used coloured bath towels rolled up to do the same.

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