Duality – abstraction and representation, the literal and the metaphorical, science and mysticism, the unseen and the seen – is a predominant theme in my work. These pieces, based on electron microscopy, particle accelerators, and radio astronomy are an expression of both the patterns of the natural world and the metaphors underlying modern science. They allow us to see the beauty in the repulsive, to find knowledge in the unknown, to observe the unseen to more clearly see our world. The techniques I use in creating the images are further expressions of duality. Gold in images from science echoes the gold halos of religious icons and the tiny, fine lines are amassed to render microscopic and subatomic images on a large scale and the galactic on a small scale.
The images are meant to be perceived as abstractions, in which form and color stand on their own, as literal images of concrete reality, and as a challenge to see the unseen and make the unseen seen.
Artist Bio / CV
J.D. Rasch is a New York based artist, who has been painting and exhibiting for the past 25 years. He trained at the Arts Students’ League of New York and The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Mr. Rasch’s interest in the images and metaphors of science has paralleled his work as an artist. He is a member of Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI), as well as the New York Academy of Science. He was chosen as ASCI’s Featured Artist in December of 2005 and was selected to participate in the 2007 New York Academy of Sciences Conference, “Biology and Art, One World or Two”.
Brenda Taylor Gallery/Battery Dance Company, Chelsea, NY - Dance and Art Collaboration
Confronting Mortality with Art and Science, Antwerp, Belgium (virtual exhibit) Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques (AEIMS) and the ‘Medical Artists’Association of Great Britain (MAA). In partnership with the Association of Medical Illustrators’(AMI), the‘Vesalius Trust’and‘Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.’(ASCI) of the USA.
Pfizer's Corporation, "Un|Seen,” Solo Show, New York City – Curated by Barry Winiker
Pfizer's Corporation, "Landscapes of Today's Science," New York City – Curated by Cynthia Pannucci, Founder/Director Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.(ASCI)
Gallery Oms, Fort Lee, NJ – Solo Show
The New York Academy of Sciences, Art & Science: Two Worlds or One? - Juried exhibitor
School of Visual Arts featured artist February 2007