Ulrich Project Series: Devorah Sperber's Digitized Notions
October 10 through November 30, 2003

'Reflections on a Lake,' by Devorah Sperber, 1999, installation view, 5,760 spools of threadNew York artist Devorah Sperber uses sophisticated computer software to scan, digitize, and enlarge images, which she then uses as a template to create gallery-sized installations of common fabricated materials. Reflections on a Lake and Virtual Environment I, the two recent large-scale works featured in "Digitized Notions," are constructed from tens of thousands of spools of colored thread. The resulting compositions, which mingle 21st-century digital technology with traditional labor-intensive hand work, are legible as recognizable images only at a distance or in the stainless steel convex mirrors installed in the exhibition. Sperber's beautifully crafted constructions challenge notions about the nature of representation and perception as they simultaneously amaze and delight.

Devorah Sperber has exhibited extensively across the United States, and her work has been featured in articles in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art Journal, Sculpture Magazine, and New York Magazine. The artist will visit campus for the exhibition opening on Thursday, October 9, and will give a gallery talk about her work at 6 p.m.

The Ulrich Projects Series brings visually, intellectually, and conceptually challenging exhibitions of work by individual artists of national and international reputation who have reached a critical juncture in their careers. Although primarily a forum for emerging, cutting-edge artists, Ulrich Projects also presents the work of critically-acclaimed, but largely under-recognized, mid-career artists. The Projects exhibitions are designed to introduce new ideas, encourage and celebrate diversity, and reward creativity and experimentation. The series also stimulates interaction between artists, WSU students, and the wider community of Wichita.

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