Leslie Thornton, American, b. 1951. Binocular Menagerie, 2014. 2:50 minutes

Binocular Menagerie

March 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021

Media Arts Gallery

In Binocular Menagerie, Thornton plays with vision, perception, and transformation. A series of images of animals—a virtual menagerie of birds, reptiles, and mammals—is framed within a format of two circular windows. Each animal's movements on the left are remapped into an elegant abstraction on the right, transforming the "real" into a digital kaleidoscope. In this unexpectedly profound meditation on the minutiae of perception, the smallest shift in the animal's movement ripples into resonant motion, multiplied, recast, and folded back upon itself. Thornton's manipulations intensify the viewer's focus, offering revelatory ways of seeing and perceiving the ordinary that is both strange and beautiful.