James Weingrod

My work examines through various media what we have come to call the Universe. While some of my work does this through direct reference to scientific imagery of the cosmos, I am equally interested in more abstract philosophical ideas relating to our current understanding of the Universe and our place within it. In my paintings I often employ depictions of NASA’s photographs of stellar, solar, and other phenomena, while my sculptures explore more abstract concepts like infinity, relativity, fractals, holography and time.

I am interested how we as human beings arrive at some kind of image/idea of a place that virtually no one has even seen. Using a combination of theoretical, scientific, and mathematical principles combined with data from cameras shot into the sky and the testimony of a few individuals, people build in their mind’s eye a fairly concrete idea and corresponding picture of what such a place might look like and how it might function.

And so I attempt in my work to do the same thing we have done in our minds—depict a place I have never been, to realize from inside our world what is on the outside, to question the beginnings and ends of our existence within it. And I know that I will, without a doubt, fail for I am trying to make material that which is not, to imagine the unimaginable, to make the abstract concrete. My hope is that though my goal is ultimately unachievable, the resulting subtext created by my repeated attempts and failures will begin to approach some microcosm of the kind of open system we hypothesize the Universe to be.

If I cannot actually depict, realize, construct or otherwise transpose the entire Universe, then I hope in the absence of such achievements to create with my work an environment that provides beauty and a forum to contemplate what is beyond and what beyond is; to create a 3D space that asks the viewer about 4D space. I could go on forever about forever, but I have a lot to get done and I don’t want to bore you.