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.”
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.