Recent photographs from the inside of a decommissioned tandem Van de Graaf particle accelerator:
The decommissioned particle accelerator is located in an underground facility at Wright Lab on Yale Campus. When it was first installed in 1987, the accelerator was the highest-energy tandem accelerator in the world. Operating at 22 million volts, it generated high-velocity streams of nuclei, allowing for investigations in nuclear astrophysics, anti-matter and dark matter, and heavy ion physics.
The site’s original atom smasher was installed in the late 1960s and was upgraded in the 1980s. The tandem Van de Graaf accelerator was shut down in 2011 and will be removed from the underground lab next year.
The accelerator in action. Photo courtesy Yale Physics Dept.
This is the first published image of the artist david K's recent sojourn, which started in Moscow and concluded in Berlin in the fall of 2013.
The 'triptych' simultaneously depicts three significant elements of control from modern history in a single frame: a closed-circuit surveillance camera mounted to the side of the former Nazi Ministry of Aviation (or Reichsluftfahrtministerium), seen through a hole in the still-extant Berlin Wall standing on Wilhelmstrasse.
The physical and psychological weights of stone elements in this work are reminiscent of the title of Dr. Alexei Monroe's monograph Pluralni monolit (Plural Monolith), which served as the photograph's de facto name during processing.
This year's New Haven Citywide Open Studios Alternative Space will be held at the New Haven Armory on Goffe Street. To commemorate the 1930 Armory and the military band that performed there, the slogan of this year's event is Réveillé. Working within this theme (and subsequent size restrictions) was facilitated by cadging and re-assembling many marching band instruments - nationalistic 'instruments' in and of themselves. The artist played Laibach's album of anthems, Volk, continuously for inspiration.
The result is an impossible, daDa-esque object that celebrates the machine age beauty of repetitive cylindrical forms, embraces the simultaneously unifying and divisive traits of national anthems, and bears a title that lends homage to the LAIBACH exhibition document
INSTRUMENTALNOST DRŽAVNEGA STROJA
(INSTRUMENTALITY OF THE STATE MACHINE)
Instruments of the State Machine: Nine Valve Rotary Engine
Found objects: brass, wood, and steel
17 x 12 x 9 inches
The work will be on display the entire month of October at:
50 Orange Street
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
In an unexpected stroke of good fortune, the work will be displayed in a section of the gallery with yellow painted walls, not unlike the 2011 NSK Folk Art exhibition held at the Galerija Škuc in Ljubljana, Slovenija.
Following the 'discovery' of the world's first abstract art by Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid - the gold-framed black canvases of eighteenth century artist Apelles Zyablov, here is a series of previously unseen works on paper attributed to the same elusive source:
david K after Komar and Melamid
Apelles Zyablov - Lost Works on Paper
Repro Black etching ink, black gouache, oil, acrylic, black chalk,