Tomorrow a new Star Trek-themed art show opens at the Caren Golden Fine Art Gallery in New York City. The solo exhibition by artist Devorah Sperber is called "Mirror Universe." The choice of name was not just to allude to the famous episode, but also because the theme of the show is "the concept of a mirror or parallel universe."
From the announcement for the show:
For Sperber the exhibition is an opportunity to look at the relationship between popular science and art, and how they relate to larger metaphysical issues. In particular, she is interested in how consciousness and the act of seeing create the illusion of a stable, predictable, singular world.
The works in the exhibition are large and are comprised of thousands of everyday objects like pipe cleaners, beads and thread spools all put together to create the final image. Again from the release:
the individual works, and the exhibition in general, serve to support the idea that ‘reality’ is merely an illusion created by the brain in collaboration with the human eye. The ideas at the heart of Mirror Universe recall the writings of phenomenological philosophers such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty who claimed that one’s understanding of any physical object is contingent on the observer’s psychological and physical perspective on it. He held that every object is a "mirror of all others" whereby all things reflect meaning off one another, complicating how they are perceived. Sperber echoes Merleau-Ponty’s thoughts as the latent images in her work compete with its component objects – thread spools, beads and chenille stems – to engage the viewer with a combination of poetic illusion and clarity.
Prices range from $24,000 for some of the smaller chenille pieces to $84,000 for the largest pieces (group of Kirk, Spock and McCoy ‘beaming in’)
"Mirror Universe" runs from March 20 – April 26 at the Caren Golden Fine Art Gallery and is one of several other exhibitions featuring Devorah Sperber’s work in and around the New York City area. There will be an opening night party from 6-8PM Thurday Night.