In August, Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany co-founder, Julie Rotblatt-Amrany was a featured speaker at a prestigious Art and Science conference held on August 28th in Chicago. The conference, titled Multiverse: Facts, Fictions, and Fantasies, was held at the LeRoy Neiman Center and was presented by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in partnership with the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration, as well as the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. Over 200 people attended, including professors from the University of Chicago and the Art Institute, along with students and colleagues of the featured speakers.
The focus of the conference was the concept of the Multiverse, the idea that the Universe consists of an infinite number of disconnected pieces, of which our observable Universe is but one piece. The scientific debate about the Multiverse rages on, and it raises big questions for scientists and artists alike, surrounding the possibly infinite region of space beyond the reach of our telescopes that is filled with many more galaxies.
The speaking engagement was part of Julie’s continued pursuit to expand her creative reach in the fields of art and science. Julie’s speech flowed around her astronomical influences and how her artistic works explore the micro and macrocosmic properties of the universe.
“The macrocosmic universe and the quantum subatomic world mirror one another in unexpected ways, and we humans inhabit the nexus between the cosmic and the subatomic scale. As both worlds are invisible to our naked eye, we know that gargantuan black holes inhabit the center of every galaxy, including our Milky Way, while swallowing everything in their path,” Julie explained.
At the conference, Julie also discussed her recent collaboration with Professor Emil J. Martinec, a physicist from the University of Chicago. Together, they have formulated plans to create an elaborate installation titled The Inner Life of Black Holes: The Duality of Scale. This project is a conceptual experience, which integrates architectural fabric, light, video, projection, sensory motion and sound devices to transport the viewer into the realm of the black hole as they walk through the installation. This installation aims to engage all senses of the viewer, by creating an engulfing, and infinitely immersive experience.
Other featured speakers at the conference included: Raphael Bousso, Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Jeff Harvey, professor at the University of Chicago, Tiffany Holmes, a professor in Art & Technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rocky Kolb, a professor at the University of Chicago, Andrei Linde, a professor at Stanford University, Emil Martinec, a professor and director of the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago, Douglas Pancoast, a professor of Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kathryn Schaffer, a physicist and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Eva Silverstein, a professor at Stanford University, Michael Turner, a professor at the University of Chicago, and Anna Von Mertens, a visual artist who received a United States Artists Simon Fellowship in 2010.
In 2005, Julie and her husband Omri sculpted James A. Lovell, former NASA astronaut most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, for the Adler Planetarium. The permanent installation is titled “The Quest of Exploration”. Together, Julie and Omri have been doing figurative public art for over 25 years.
“Physics and astronomy inspire my artwork. As an artist, I create mostly from an intuitive place while scientists’ work is of an empirical nature. I would like to be part of the link that bridges the gap between art and science. On this path I observe the micro and the macro universe, two sides of a natural polarity that together comprise a unified whole, “Julie explains in her artist statement.
About Julie Rotblatt-Amrany
Julie Rotblatt-Amrany is a multi-media artist and a graduate from the Art Institute of Boston, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the University of Colorado. Julie co-founded Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany with her husband Omri in 1992. The studio is also a school and international center for the full development of visual arts excellence. Her current work uses drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, multi-media and installation as forms of expression to explore space in all its dimensions and wonders.