Angular Momentum

  • June 3 - Sept. 4, 2024, 11:30 am US/Central

Angular Momentum: FRA guest artists

Patrick Gallagher, Chris Klapper, Ricardo Mondragon

Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher, a Brooklyn based duo, embarked on their first direct collaboration
with their hugely successful installation, Symphony in D Minor, a massive self-contained thunderstorm,
which is now part of the permanent collection of Hydropolis Museum in Wroclaw, Poland.
Klapper and Gallagher defy convention and thrive on diversity. Their art is a captivating blend of
multimedia, multidisciplinary and multidimensional elements. Rather than adhering to a fixed artistic
style, they are driven by the unique demands of each project, the environments they encounter and the
depth of their personal experiences. At its core, their artistic philosophy revolves around harnessing
cutting-edge technologies to express immense ideas on a human scale; employing sculpture, video,
sound, projection mapping, composites, digital new media and performance.
The essence of their collaboration lies in the harmonious fusion of their individual strengths, specialized
expertise and distinct artistic visions, accelerating each project into more ambitious territories.
Their current artistic series delves into the abstract yet captivating conceptual themes of the inherent
beauty of information, higher dimensional mathematics, the intricate dance of particle physics and the
poetry of numbers. This exploration transcends the conventional boundaries of art and science, inviting
audiences to contemplate the profound beauty of the language of the Universe.

In quantum physics you often come across the term “spin’. At its base it has to do with orbitals and
rotations, momentum and probabilities. It is a form of angular momentum which is a fundamental
property inherent across all the scales of the universe from molecules and organic matter to mechanics,
tidal movements, hurricanes, light, planetary motions and galactic spirals. The quantum version is
similar but strikingly unique. It is a curious and complex idea to grasp and even more mystifying when
you do.
We’re not here to explain this subject within the language of quantum physics, the task of the artist is to
draw connections within the abstract and seek to express these challenging concepts with the goal of
inspiration. The idea of “spin” is easier to imagine as tiny balls of competing waveforms layered on top
of each other. All energies are waves, analogous to sound waves or the rolling ocean, similarly, these
quantum energies have their own pulses and rhythms. On their own scale, they are huge. They have
troughs and peaks and when they overlap it is easy to imagine them as intersecting ripples in a pond.
As the waves radiate outward, they create not dissimilar patterns of interference. Thinking of them as
sound, these energies form patterns and these patterns compound to form harmonics and nodes within
their own environment. The main difference with this parallel is that these energies are not linear, they
are standing waves, in spherical form.
We found these shared properties and analogies to be incredibly inspiring. Sound waves, lightwaves,
currents and tides, particles and spin. The connection we were looking for was in finding sameness and
a way to visualize the interactions of the infinitesimal. To see more of Chris and Patrick’s artwork

Ricardo Mondragon was born and raised in Mexico City (1984). Ricardo is a Chicago-based artist who graduated
with a Post-Baccalaureate in Music Composition in Chicago, IL. He has given Artists Talks at the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra and the MCA Chicago. He has also collaborated with the Louisville Orchestra and has shown at the
Design Museum of Chicago. Ricardo has been granted the FRA guest artist 2023 at Fermilab.

My practice consists of creating art that helps reflect some of the deep harmonic designs our universe offers. A world
that may seem detached and far from our everyday social experience is revealed with coherent fashion and
high-quality materials. Playing with the boundaries between the visual and musical is an old game. From Pythagoras
to Kandinsky, harmonies have been explored. However, the advancement of new technologies has enabled me to
create sculptures inconceivable at any other time. By designing algorithms to recreate natural vibrational
phenomena, I can fabricate aesthetically pleasing, multilayered, and multidimensional forms. Frequencies, vibrations,
particles, modulations, and resonance motivate my work. Each artwork represents harmonic content such as 3D
Chladni/Cymatics, musical chords, rhythms, intervals, electron patterns, and standing waveforms. I work with nature’s
readymades by mixing and intermingling its frequencies to create unique harmonic structures. The potential of my
work is boundless, given that my subject matter has infinite possibilities for expression. My work is directly tied to
high-end fabrication and intricate processing due to the complexity of the models and materials. My firm belief and
passion for the arts help me understand more about the universe and the soul. From cosmic music and the great
Pythagorean theme: “The Music of The Spheres,” I present:
Harmonies into Matter.

To see more of Ricardo’s artwork