4.25.2008

Strung Out


Other posts about the New York art fairs:
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Mind Meld: Devorah Sperber, right, with Kirk, Bones and Spock. The work was installed in the Caren Golden Gallery booth at Pulse

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I'm still mining my images from the recent New York art fairs. This post takes a look at at two works that engage gravity and illusion with an allusion to physics.

Working here on planet Earth, Devorah Sperber, known for her pixilated thread-spool sculptures which become recognizable images when viewed through a plastic sphere, has materialized three members of the original Star Trek team with beads, thread and light. In real life, these guys may be portly, wrinkled--or dead--but in what are essentially beaded curtains, they are as scintillating as the first time they beamed up through the transporter. I haven't visited The Starship Enterprise in several light years--even via the wormhole known as syndication--so it was fun to see them again.

In an earlier post, Big Black Objects, I posted the image of Bahk Seon Ghi's Charcoal Installation, a barely materialized staircase and window (shown bottom), but it's in the detail below that you can see how it's done. Pretty low-tech for such a high concept, no?




Suspended animation: A detail view--nylon monofilament strung through the drilled holes of these charcoal pieces and hand tied--of Bahk Seon Ghi's Charcoal Installation, below.

The work was shown at Scope via the Krampf Gallery, New York City


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