LHC Art Exhibition Opens at the National Academy of Sciences

While the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is technically tucked away in Geneva, visitors to a new art exhibition in Washington DC may have just been afforded the most unique view available of the facility. “Jonathan Feldschuh: Large Hadron Collider” is a collection of seven paintings inspired by the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider. The Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) opened the installation on February 1. It will remain on view through July 18 at the National Academy of Sciences.

These large-scale paintings, measuring roughly 40×80 inches each, reference the aspect ratio of CinemaScope’s grand, horizontal landscapes and fuse together scientific imagery with an aesthetic that resonates with abstract expressionism, according to Feldschuh, a data scientist and artist based in New York City who holds an undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard University.

“These works are improvisations on the structures of the Large Hadron Collider. Architectural renderings of the various detectors and tunnels merge with accidental splatterings. Paint has collided with the surface and left traces of the impact. Working on both sides of transparent Mylar, I combine organic and inorganic structures, articulating chance patterns with drawn lines,” Feldschuh says.

“Jonathan Feldschuh: Large Hadron Collider” will be on exhibit at the NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington DC. The galleries are open weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. A photo ID is required. For more information, visit http://www.cpnas.org.