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Eric Heller, the Art of Physics

In Art, Feature on February 28, 2009 at 3:14 am
Rotating 2 by Eric Heller

Rotating 2 by Eric Heller

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Eric Heller

– The Art of Physics –

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- preface -

Nicola Tesla, the supreme inventor of the 20th Century who was awarded over 700 patents in his lifetime, from 1856-1943, was quoted as saying “Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity.”

Tesla’s right. It’s true.

And while there are those in the art world (proper) who continue to maintain this ridiculous notion that art in and of itself is a good thing — a virtue — they may have gotten it all wrong. For art devoid of connection and intimacy is a hollow ideal based on vanity, gross self-indulgence and falsehood; a preoccupation with ego. Too, in many instances, these are the same individuals who also hold in their minds the antiquated notion that art and science do not mix.

How arrogant — absurd.

All art has a valid source. And should that source be from science, then so be it; so long as its ultimate goal is for the betterment of humanity, and not a simpleminded act of vanity.

Is this not what Tesla was talking about?

So recently, when I happened upon a friendly chat with physics professor and artist extraordinaire, Eric Heller, aside from his relaxed and charming personality, I was astounded to find that he had given thought to these same timeless principles — art, science, imagery, intimacy.

In this exclusive AD Mag Feature, we turn to a succession of quotes from Eric Heller.  a professor of physics @ Harvard University.  We intermingle his phrophetic words with his lyrically-rendered, color rich wavescapes of quantum emulations — nano-electro microcosms.

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– The Art and Opine of Eric Heller

Caustic 4

Caustic 4

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“If 18th and 19th century painters could paint a scene that they interpreted for others, that scene being of or about a lake, a pond, landscape or lover, why can’t I paint a scene about science. the art of science; an inner [unseen] landscape? So, I’m simply using the properties of electron flow or chaos, as a medium of which to paint objects”

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Transport 11

Transport 11

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“It is also about bringing the direct imagery or an interpretation for observers who weren’t there themselves”

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Bessel 21

Bessel 21

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“Views of doing art, needs to have a point…beyond the shock factor — beyond the insider self-involvement”

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Rogue 1

Rogue 1

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“I’m not a part of the hardcore New York art world, and I really don’t care to be”

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Transport 2

Transport 2

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“What I’m doing is all very natural, getting back to the source; referencing another style of art, or something found in nature”

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– Find Professor Heller on the Web –

Caustic 1

Caustic 1

http://www.ericjhellergallery.com/

http://www-heller.harvard.edu/nanowire.html

http://www.physics.harvard.edu/people/facpages/heller.html

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- Max Eternity
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