Playing with Perspective
Like the fantastical drawings of early physicists, artist John Chervinsky composes photographs which seem to defy explanation, but also inspire curiosity. The artists’ series, An Experiment in Perspective (2003-2010) re-imagines the space of the still life as one where optics “challenge sensory perception”, similar to the works of graphic artist M.C. Escher.
The artists’ background in engineering and applied physics brings another dimension to the series. Our perception of mathematics and the laws of physics become distorted, some elements seeming to float in space. One may begin to wonder if some of the found objects within the photographs have any relation to each other, or is this another layer of perspective play?
Another observable layer is the perspective of medium; are these photographs of still life, or photographs of sculptures, which are themselves works of art. There are more questions than answers in Chervinsky’s work, but that is what seems to be the point. If no one ever asked questions on how things work, we’d have no experiments, scientists, engineers, even artists.