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String Theory Series #1-9b

Gary Mesa-Gaido's avatar Gary Mesa-Gaido

Quantum physics studies the very smallest objects in nature (for example subatomic particles), while relativity tends to study nature at its very largest (like planets, galaxies, and the universe). String Theory attempts to unify these two fascinating areas of study. As of yet, there is no visual evidence that demonstrates to the average person what String Theory actually looks like. As a result, I am inspired to visualize this theory, not literally, but through invention. I experiment with digitally combining macro images (for example an aerial view of the ground from an airplane) with micro images (for instance zooming in on flora). These layered images result in fully abstract imagery. The multi-step process to create my String Theory Series begins with the digitizing of black and white negatives and color slides of aerial landscapes, shot by my father abroad during his time serving in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s. The images are imported into Photoshop and merged with color photographs recently taken during my own travels, such as close ups of: plants in Kentucky; Buddhist, Mayan and Incan stone carvings during treks in the Himalayan and Andean Mountains; and peeling paint on walls in Cuba. The resulting abstract, composited images are additionally infused with color from the visible electromagnetic spectrum and printed on aluminum, similar to the aircraft material my father flew in in during his tour of duty.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: Dye-sublimation digital print on aluminum
  • Width: 80 inches
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 80 inches