Julian Voss-Andreae ‘04: A Tourist in Science


A commissioned sculpture for Rutgers uses metal and glass to make science come alive.

Julian Voss-Andreae ‘04 is bulking up proteins, sculptures, and his portfolio with a commission for the Center for Integrative Proteomics Research at Rutgers University. This 20-foot, 3,200 pound piece is a first for Voss-Andreae in terms of size and material, integrating large amounts of colored glass into his CAD-produced metal repertoire. Voss-Andreae’s work engages the viewer by playing with perspective and scale, and conveys fundamental scientific processes and materials through the interaction of shape, material, and movement.

“I always felt like a tourist in science,” says Voss-Andreae, in an article in the Oregonian. “It’s critical to put science in an art context and give it associations and interpretation. It becomes something that’s alive again.”

Photo by Sara Hottman, for the Oregonian.

Voss-Andreae’s sculpture for Rutgers is of a collagen molecule—an object that Voss-Andreae feels is perfect for his work, insofar as its qualities can be readily portrayed by a sculptural metaphor. He also produces figurative sculptures, which, along with his more science-specific work, whose artistry complements what we can understand through “reductionist science alone.” Voss-Andreae now works out of a warehouse space in Portland’s Northwest Industrial District.

Read more about Voss-Andreae and his work in the Oregonian.

— Posted on 09/11 at 05:24 PM

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