Photographic Exhibit: "Surface Tension" by Peter Vanderwarker

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 8:00am to 6:00pm

More dates through October 15, 2018

Center for Theoretical Physics Building 6, 3rd Floor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

From the artist's statement:

 

I had two favorite courses in architecture school:   One was titled Materials and Methods:  it covered the details of what architects build with:  glass, steel, concrete, brick.    The other course, Shades and Shadows, required us to render these materials in pencil, ink, and watercolor.   

I spend a lot of time looking at how light works to make a surface read well:   concrete must have texture,  steel must look robust, and glass must be clear.    The way light strikes these materials is critical, and it can make or break a photograph.

I chose a set of photographs that fit well at MIT:  they are studies of the physics of surfaces:  distortion,  reflection,  opacity and invisibility.    Water is especially magic:  wave patterns on the ocean in Maine become lines of force,  the surface of a pond in the rain is insanely complex,  while a tide pool with seaweed has a stillness that is profound.

My favorite image is from Paris.    While wandering past a  bookshop window, I noticed the out-of-focus reflection of a classical statue at St. Sulpice:  it seemed that art, literature, and architecture all collapsed into one picture.

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Julia Bulian

Julia Bulian Sunday, September 09, 2018

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sahar feizsani Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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Deepak Malani

Deepak Malani Thursday, June 28, 2018

How do we get to see the pictures, if we can't travel to Boston/US?

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David L Trumper

David L Trumper Thursday, February 22, 2018

This is a gorgeous collection of photographs, and gave me a half hour of quiet meditation this morning enjoying them. You have to walk through an office area to get to the gallery space, but worth the slight challenge in finding them! Wonderful!

Judith Zinker

Judith Zinker left a positive review Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Beautiful large scale photographs of surface tension, mostly landscape. Access the gallery
from building 8, 3rd floor.