About Mike Bernstein
In 2005, the centenary year of Einstein's theory of special relativity, I began to look for a way that art and science could communicate. By November 2006 I invented the art of Colour-field splash and related it to the String theory, often referred to by physicists as the theory of everything. The splitting lines of colour-field splash are at the heart of String theory, the theory of everything. ************************** ************************* *************TO SEE A GROUND BREAKING VIDEO OF A "STRING THEORY AND COLOUR-FIELD SPLASH" PAINTING BEING CREATED VISIT YOUTUBE AT https://www.youtube.com/user/mikebernsteinartist Artist statement: ammended:9th November 2014 it was in 1926 that Oscar Klein enhanced Theodor Kaluza's 5-dimensional theory of gravity, consistent with general relativity, by introducing the idea that the extra dimension were rolled up in a microscopic cylinder. In 1939 Wolfgang Pauli and others showed that the Kalza-Klein theory was consistent with a quantum interpretation. So the photon and graviton became linked to the same source of energy via general relativity. The photon a massless spin-1 particle and the graviton a massless spin-2 particle. In the 1970's string theory interpreted the photon as an open string and the graviton a closed string. I came across by chance a reproducable effect of paint thrown from a plastic bottle through a small circular nozzle. In my experiments , which can be seen on youtube at youtube.com/user/mikebernsteinartist . In my analogy the rolled up dimensions emerge from the nozzle and from the from the nozzle emerge the photon and the graviton. Ammended 1st July 2009. Colour-field splash builds on Abstract Expressionism, in particular the work of Barnett Newman, and Lucio Fontana. They endeavoured to extend the meaning of the painted surface beyond the pictorial representation and convention of easel painting and to incorporate on the canvas surface a route into another dimension. Newmans Zips and Fontanas Tagli or Cuts now give way to Strings with symmetric Splits truly reflecting the nature of the elementary particles which make up our universe. . The string and its symmetric division unfold as a developing World line.. It is this effect, seen for the first time in my paintings, which reflects the very heart of String Theory. Ammended 3rd September 2008. Aesthetics and theoretical physics hit it off in my "Colour-field Splash" paintings. It uses canvas and paint but no brush strokes. First several coats of a single colour are absorbed into the weave of the canvas to produce a tranquil base. The tranquillity is then disturbed by a splash of paint. At some points the high velocity of the paint causes it to split symmetrically on the canvas to produce a unique and beautiful effect.It is through this splitting of the splash that the observer is sucked into the multiple dimensions of the cosmological space beyond.The oscillating paint splits symmetrically on the canvas to create a totally original effect never seen before in the field of painting.of a two-dimensional painted surface and to extend the vocabulary of painting beyond the pictorial representation and convention of easel painting. Newmans Zips and Fontanas Tagli or Cuts now give way to symmetric Splits. .Scientifically the action takes place on a manifold called the Riemann sphere, a sphere so large that the curved surface becomes flat (like walking on the surface of the Earth. The paintings are a unique demonstration of the conditions under which the Cauchy-Riemann equations work on a real two-dimensional manifold. Under the conditions given by these equations a vibrating function would exhibit the same effects that a holomorphic function does in the complex plane. The Split produced by the vibrating Splash is the elementary string particle at the beginning of time.