Oregon-based artist makes disappearing sculptures inspired by physics – OregonLive

Julian Voss-Andreaes quantum sculptures are a combination of art and science that reflect his background in both fields.

While studying physics in Europe in 1999, Voss-Andreae asked himself what it would feel like to be a quantum object moving through time and space. Later, after moving to Portland and enrolling at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, he used the same idea to create what he calls an intuitively simple sculpture.

Quantum Man, which is now displayed at the Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Washington, was the result. While conceptually the project came together just as he had hoped, Voss-Andreae was surprised by how visually striking it proved to be.

It looks solid from both sides, but directly from one angle, it seems to disappear, Voss-Andreae said. And I felt this was a really interesting connection with how quantum physics tells us that everything depends on your perspective.

His quantum sculptures are made up of a series of metal plates that define cross-sections of the figure being depicted. Theyre welded together, spaced apart by strategically placed pins. In quantum physics, Voss-Andreae said, an object is described as wavefronts running perpendicular to its direction of movement. The metal plates of his sculptures represent these wavefronts.

Voss-Andreaes quantum sculptures have been included in public and private art collections worldwide. In Portland, The Reader, which depicts a cross-legged woman reading a book in her lap, can be seen at Portland Community Colleges Southeast Campus.

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