Jonathan Feldschuh

Jonathan Feldschuh's paintings have come to be more and more engaged with issues of science. After initially training as a physicist, he switched to painting. Over time he have developed a style based on harnessing the fluid properties of his materials to produce painterly effects. Using techniques borrowed from the abstract expressionists, Feldschuh pours, drips, hurls, etc. He seal the paint in layers of clear acrylic, and then draw outlines to render the resulting patterns as three-dimensional forms. One of the interesting things about this process is that the images clearly suggest organic forms, but at an indeterminate scale. A microscopic size is suggested, but also a macrocosmic or atomic one. This fractal quality of scalelessness is characteristic of the chaotic processes that produce so many natural forms. By incorporating chance and chaos into his painting (in the form of semi-controlled accidents of paint running and mixing) Feldschuh recreates and reenacts his subject matter.

Starting with the Macrocosm series in 2001, Feldschuh began to use iconic scientific images as a starting point for paintings: mostly images from the Hubble space telescope and other orbital observatories. Where before he moved from abstraction to figuration, he now does the reverse, allowing his starting images to swirl and distort. Some of the data images are already quite abstract to begin with, and the idea of making them into abstract paintings does not seem so far-fetched. It is perhaps hubristic but incredibly enticing to work with images (such as the oval map of the cosmic background radiation) that in a true sense represent and depict the entire universe.

Biography

Jonathan Feldschuh is a data scientist and artist based in New York, who's work deals with the interaction of art and science. Feldschuh has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Vernon & Vernon Projekt in Prague, Czech Republic, Cynthia Broan Gallery in New York, NY, AAAS Gallery in Washington, DC, Marella Arte Contemporanea in Como, Italy, and Art Resources Transfer in New York, NY, as well as participating in numerous group exhibitions. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic from 1993-1996, and received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1986.

Website

http://www.jonathanfeldschuh.co...

Location

New York, NY

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