"We might be the holographic image of a two-dimensional structure."

Brian Greene, theoretical physicist and author of "The Elegant Universe"

3D to 2D to 3D

Mobiles of photocopied paper, glue, nylon filament, wooden rods, Foamcore forms, tape.

1997, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn

3D to 2D to 3D Gallery View

An early exploration of the space between the dimensions, “3D to 2D to 3D” began with models (third dimension) sitting on a swivel chair, slowly rotating as they were photographed multiple times with a stationary 35mm camera using black and white film.  These 360˚ headshot views were then enlarged to life size on photocopy paper (second dimension). 

The photocopies were cut into vertical strips.  About 20 strips from each model’s photo shoot were attached to an oval cylinder (third dimension) the same circumference of each model’s head.  The strips were attached so that the front of the cylinder featured the front of the face (forehead, nose, mouth, chin, neck), the back of the cylinder featured the crown of the head and the nape of the neck, the cylinder’s sides the ears, etc.

A series of mobiles then suspended each model’s head above the floor at the height of each model’s actual height. 

Side note: Most models attended the exhibition’s opening, so at one point there were approximately two heads for each body.

Saralynne Lowrey

Elizabeth Gilbert

3D to 2D to 3D Gallery View