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Marck + Sperber: Through The Looking Glass

10/12/18 - 11/15/18



'Through the Looking Glass'

October 12th – November 15th, 2018

The two artists featured in the upcoming exhibition 'Through the Looking Glass', at Gilles Clement Gallery utilize their respective mediums to draw the viewer into a wonderland of optical illusion, playful visual layering and unexpected use of space and scale. The human form take the thematic center stage, presented in the gargantuan pixilated enlargements of Devorah Sperber’s thread spool installations, and the miniaturized women of Marck’s video sculptures. The viewer is invited down the proverbial ‘rabbit hole’ to experience a presentation at once foreign, yet familiar; strange, yet enchanting. The walls come alive with multiple moving picture screens, constructed in wood or metal, brightly painted or distressed; wind blowing, water running, colors draping. In contrast, Sperber’s flat inverted pointillist constructions seem oddly remote and static; yet, upon closer inspection - literally through a crystal orb - the images appear upright in realistic 3-D form. Expect no ordinary art browse – the eyes are engaged as never before, the brain challenged and teased, and the spirits uplifted by this pairing of conceptual and technical artistry.                                                          

DEVORAH SPERBER is an American installation artist known for creating works that act as optical illusions. The pieces featured in this exhibit employ thousands of spools of thread to create pixilated versions of iconic images and works of art. When viewed by the naked eye, they are barely recognizable. When viewed through a "viewing sphere" the abstractions are inverted and shrunk into a remarkably detailed and faithful image of the original painting. She deconstructs familiar images, so that the brain can reconstruct them, addressing the way we think we see versus the way the brain actually processes visual information. Her work has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum, MASS MoCA and the Museum of Natural History.   

MARCK is a Swiss video artist whose sculptures are a consequence of his extensive exploration of film, multimedia, music, sculptural and kinetic objects. The technical media available to him allow Marck to cross borders of perception. The video is not only a messenger; the sculptural frame is a spatial dimension which he seeks to break through. The examination of humans and their world of feelings are central to Marck's work. It is based on the search for a combination of influence from inner and outer conditions. The women in Marck's video installations are locked in narrow spaces, and function as symbols of the societal limitations in which women find themselves. His works have been shown extensively in Europe as well as in the USA and Asia, and is widely collected.   


Friday October 12th 7:00-9:00 pm Opening Reception

Wednesday October 17th  4:30 -7:30 pm Greenwich Design District Taste and Tour  

October 22-28, 2018 Experience Greenwich Week, Participating Art Gallery

Wednesday October 24th 4:30-7:30 pm Art Meets Fashion, event with Michelle Farmer Collaborative

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