Two Exhibitions

by kath_red on 04/02/2007

in Historic Craft

The Eye of the Artist: The Work of Devorah Sperber, Brooklyn Museum, January 26- May 6, 2007

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. 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.

Detail view: After The Mona Lisa 1, 2005 (from Devorah Sperber website)

Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting, Museum of Arts & Design, NY, January 25 – June 17, 2007

A provocative and timely exhibition of work by international artists using fiber in unexpected and unorthodox ways. … Radical reformers in the world of knitting and lace making have overthrown the status quo from the inside out. In the space of ten years, knitting has emerged from the “loving hands at home” hobbyist’s den into museums and galleries worldwide. … The artists in this exhibition are experimenting with forms and techniques in the most novel and surprising ways, exploring new relationships between structure, design, color, and patte

Althea Merback (United States), Gloves, 2005; Wire-knitted silk, Kathleen Savage Browning Miniatures Collection, Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

[Thank you to Stacey and Marilyn for the tips]

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1 Lelah February 4, 2007 at 5:12 pm

This woman does similar work, but details the process she uses. And everything makes me go, “AWWWWW!” in it’s teensyness. And then, “OMG It’s really so small!!”


2 Jo Ann February 5, 2007 at 6:28 am

Hi! What a coincidence. I have just returned from the Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting exhibition. It was wonderful, and well worth the $7 (student) admission. Give me a bit to make a cup of tea (it is quite cold in NYC lately) and I will provide greater detail.


3 ursonate February 5, 2007 at 8:32 am

I met Althea a few years ago. Amazing work. Even more amazing considering that she has triplets!


4 Jo Ann February 5, 2007 at 10:32 am

Alright, I was somewhat wordy (cough), so check out my review on my previously abandoned blog from my days as a fashion marketing and merchandising major…

Cheers! (I am SOO bored and unemployed…)


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