If you are going to be in Washington D.C. between February 1 and July 18 of 2016 go see Jonathan Feldschuh‘s art exhibit at the National Academy of Sciences. Feldschuh is a working data scientist and artist with an undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard. The artist expresses his appreciation of science to the world in a series of physics and science related paintings/drawings on mylar window panels. This is a clever, contemporary approach to getting original artwork seen by thousands and thousands of eyes. Feldschuh’s media is mylar–best known for it’s ubiquitous use in retail window advertising–which he adapts to expand the artist’s and the gallery’s reach into the city streets. It is not clear from the exhibition notice if the National Academy of Sciences will have street-level window displays. If so, it would be an invaluable way to promote science in the Nation’s capital with original art works beaming into the street day and night.
Feldschuh’s paintings are two-sided. It appears that he draws the architectural or technical rendering of the LHC on one side of the mylar and then turns it over at creates an abstract expressionist action painting on the other side. The splash of jets of paint dramatically infuse the works with a glimmer of the energetic events within the collossal instrument. For some installations he’s installed fluorescent lights behind the windows to illuminate them from behind at night.
Here’s a four-year-old video in which Feldschuh explains his work.