Spectrum of Colors Revealed Through Lit String
British artist, physicist, and all-around science enthusiast Paul Friedlander produces kinetic light sculptures that provide a colorful feast for the eyes. Each piece in his body of work offers a visual medley of light and motion by rapidly rotating a piece of string through white light. The vibrating rope becomes invisible to the human eye, but colors from the light (which would normally be invisible to the naked eye) are revealed in rapid succession.
The scientific artist gives insight into the history of his career shift into the arts and explains the science in it all: “I decided to focus on kinetic art: a subject in which I could bring together my divided background and combine my knowledge of physics with my love of light. In 1983, at London’s ICA, I exhibited the first sculptures to use chromastrobic light, a discovery I had made the previous year. Chromastrobic light changes color faster than the eye can see, causing the appearance of rapidly moving forms to mutate in the most remarkable ways.”
whoa. this is BEAUTIFUL
“I take a scientific approach to photographic art making. Exploring my desire to make outer space more accessible both in matter and concept. I knew at a young age I was destined to travel above the Earth’s atmosphere, although space travel has yet to cross my path it is important I find other means to wander. Utilizing the tools of science and playful experimentation, I recontextualize common objects through the lens of a microscope and natural phenomenon. ”
If you’re in the area don’t hesitate to stop by this fascinating show!
The show runs from March 4 to April 6 in the University Gallery with a reception April 4 at 6 pm.