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Science Subjects – paintings in Aesthetic Experiments

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“Machinery” styles and Scientific Themes

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Paintings like Rube Goldberg Abstract and Transition to Chaos evoke strange machinery – the gears and mechanisms behind reality perhaps.  I take a lot of the imagery in these paintings from large projects in Physics.  I worked above a group of High Energy Physicists for several years, and walked past (and admired) their images of the CERN supercollider and its inner workings, neutrino detectors and other weird machines designed to prize out the secrets of the very large and very small.  I think these machine images have permeated my subconscious, and certainly seem quite “natural” in my art.


#41: Transition to Chaos, 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas;  https://squareup.com/market/nerdly-painter/transition-to-chaos
#41: Transition to Chaos, 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas; https://squareup.com/market/nerdly-painter/transition-to-chaos

The machinery idea becomes more fluid in some of my other science subject paintings.  Span and Green Functions are about Mathematical ideas.  In one case, Span, the title refers to the way a group of vectors can “Span” a mathematical space.  The other, Green Functions, refers to a specific technique used in Quantum mechanics.  A Green Function is harder to describe than its relative, the Path integral.  A path integral integrates some quantity that permeates space along a path.  Since the path is also a function, the path integral looks at functions of a function. In the painting Green functions, there are humorous references to mangled attempts at numerical integration of both the function and the surrounding field.

Associations refers to colloidal chemistry and to the microscopic aggregates that give colloids and complex fluids their unique properties.  It also makes reference to lattice structures, and lattice based calculations are used to simplify the math and physics in studies of colloids and complex fluids.


Related work, not on exhibit:

Coil to Globule                                                         Music of the Spheres                                        Growth pattern

Electronics for Cats                                                         Emergent Order                               Symmetry breaking

Vector Field (Sold)                                                       Lattice Animals (Sold)                       Dendritic Echoes (Sold)

Neural network is a fairly straightforward abstraction of layers of neurons, with retroreflective beads representing travelling signals and moving ions.  Stylistically it segues between the science subject paintings and the more Experimental Fluid Mechanics series.

neural network

Neural Network in the retroreflective condition
Neural network in the retroreflective condition

Not on exhibit but related:

Neurology (sold)                                  Threads of Water (sold)

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