New York Academy of Sciences Magazine
"Probing the Picasso Lobe: Visual Art and the Brain"
March/April Issue, 2006
"Probing the Picasso Lobe: Visual Art and the Brain," Featuring Cover Photo of Work by Devorah Sperber and Article,  The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine, March/April 2006

On the Cover: After The Mona Lisa 2, 2005 by Devorah Sperber. Medium: 5,184 spools of thread, aluminum ball chain, stainless-steel hanging apparatus, clear acrylic viewing sphere, metal stand. Dimensions: 85”h x 86”w (thread spools), 2" viewing sphere. Courtesy of the artist.

After The Mona Lisa 2 debuted at the 2005 Ljubljana Print Biennale and will be included in a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art opening in January 2007. When the thread spool installation is viewed directly, the image of the Mona Lisa is upside down. A clear acrylic viewing sphere rotates the image 180 degrees like the human eye, and shrinks or condenses the thread-spool “pixels” into a recognizable image. But unlike the original painting, in which the smile is best seen with peripheral vision, as studied by Margaret Livingstone [see page 6], by slowly moving the sphere up, down, left, and right, the distortion of the sphere causes the smile to appear, morph, and disappear using central vs. peripheral vision.

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