Art Meets Science: Engineer Discusses His Photographs in Free UH LectureJohn Chervinsky’s work provokes viewers to think about human struggles

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Visually unsettling and intellectually provocative, John Chervinsky’s photographs are an ongoing series of conceptual still lifes. Chervinsky, a photographer with a strong background in physics, chemistry and materials science, will lecture about his exhibition “An Experiment in Perspective” at the University of Houston at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 in Room 232 of Phillip G. Hoffman Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to host his talk because his work shows the link across many different disciplines, which is what Visual Studies at UH is all about,” said Tracy Xavia Karner, director of the Visual Studies Program at UH, which is co-sponsoring this event with the UH Department of Physics, the Texas Learning and Computation Center and FotoFest, an international non profit photographic arts and education organization based in Houston.

An engineer by trade, Chervinsky has spent the past 18 years running a particle accelerator in one of Harvard University’s applied physics laboratories. In addition to his core scientific background, his work also is influenced by his wide array of specialties, including archeology, biology, and fine art conservation and analysis.

Chervinsky specializes in realistic still-life photographs, rich in detail combined with chalk drawings. His drawings are designed to provoke thought about man’s struggle to cope in the growing technological age. He explores issues of perspective and photography, incorporating motifs, symbols and formulae commonly used in his scientific profession. His body of work explores the conflict between rational or scientific explanations of existence and man’s apparent need to explain the world around him.

His work is on display in the FotoFest’s collection “International Discoveries.” For more information about this exhibit, contact exhibits@fotofest.org or 713-223-5522 and visit http://www.fotofest.org/internationaldisc/.

Additional information on Chervinsky is available at http://www.chervinsky.org/.

WHO: John Chervinsky, photographer
WHAT: “An Experiment in Perspective” lecture
WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15
(Light Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.)
WHERE: University of Houston
Phillip G. Hoffman Hall, Room 232
Entrance 14 off Cullen Boulevard
Parking in Lot 15F (unrestricted after 6 p.m.)

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