Curves of Infinite Order – Jody Rasch

  • June 1 - July 30, 2021, 7:30 am US/Central

Gallery Talk June 1 7:30pm CT

The Philosophy of Physics- Jody Rasch

Jody’s artistic work uses the concepts of science to explain our place in the universe. He uses the images of physics, from particle accelerators to the recent imaging of the hydrogen atom to explore what the subatomic world has to say about how we perceive the macro world around us. In this talk, he will discuss how his work relates not only to the work being done in physics, but also its relationship to artists of the past, from medieval painting to impressionism and abstract expressionism.

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On Display virtually June 1, 2021 – July 30, 2021

I had always been interested in science, particularly physics, and read a lot about relativity and particle physics. The realm of particle physics is like discovering a new philosophy.  Particles can be everywhere at once and can both be waves or particles, depending on how we observe them.  In particle physics, nothing is certain. Physics tries to answer the big questions on the nature of the universe. I wanted to find a way to represent these concepts in my art. Some of the images I use are of bubble chambers, where atoms are broken down into subatomic particles, each with its own mass and charge, which make different paths in the bubble chamber. I try to incorporate these themes into the images by using phrases from particle physics such as “User Created Reality” or formulas such as the one for Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle or Planck’s constant. The patterns are beautiful and seem abstract  if one doesn’t know what the subject matter is. More recently, I have created images based on the newest visualizations of the hydrogen atom. The scientific imaging shows the electron cloud, which effectively takes a probability wave and makes it a reality.
– Jody Rasch