elkemental Gallery

My digital/physics/math artworks – selected series, fine art prints available on ArtPal and ArtMajeur. All of my profits are donated to Ukraine aid.

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Temperature Waves: An oscillation is imprinted on the surface of the earth by gradually changing solar energy. At ‘infinite’ distance beneath ground level the temperature is constant. Sets of the sinusoidal waves, repeating themselves year after year, and sets of the exponential spatial change of temperature at a certain point of time. Moving deeper into the earth, the amplitudes become smaller, and there is a time lag until maxima appear.

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Jellyfish of Diffraction: Diffraction patterns for visible light. I tack them to an imaginary semi-circular screen. Screens grow bigger in radius with increasing wavelength – growing more reddish. If every wavelength would be diffracted in the same way, all peaks would lie on a radius of the circle. But as red is diffracted more, maxima move to higher angles. I am turning the patterns, and looking at them from different angles, and I cannot unsee the jellyfish.

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Plural Form. Digital collage. Multiple copies of Figure 4 of US patent US2453164A – Plural Grating Spectrograph. Rainbow-colored to hint at the purpose of the invention.
Playfully transformed to hint at engineering being a creative pursuit. A tribute to the appeal of antique technical drawings, created in the pre-software era. Modest, yet sublime.

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True Colors: I have picked two colors. They shall shine in the dark. My tribute to Ukraine’s national colors. Created at the day of the invasion, Feb. 24, 2022. Math details: Real and imaginary parts of complex function 1/z. Figures are created with mathematics software and custom code. Both yellow and blue part of the structure are built from wire loops of constant real / imaginary part (parametric plots).

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Ribbon of Diffraction: Diffraction patterns for visible light; red is diffracted more than blue. Curves are displaced to turn the whole structure into a wavy ribbon built from colored wires or threads. Each pattern is a three-dimensional parametric curve created with mathematics software and code. The pattern for diffraction by a single slit forms an envelope of the pattern caused by interference of light emerging from different slits. The diffraction grating would turn a beam of white sunlight into an overlay of patterns for different colors. Sunlight corresponds to a temperature of several thousand Kelvin, so I weighted the curves with Planck’s blackbody distribution.

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Lone Black Telephone: Pencil drawing, drawn ‘negatively’ on white paper, scanned, inverted. Completed on February 23, hours before the world turned dark. Functional Tischfernsprecher W48 rotary phone, a German post-WWII icon, salvaged from the darkroom of a former nuclear science research center.