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Jean-Pierre Hebert

Quantum Metaphors

I started this art project in 2004, with a clear vision of [lines that never meet, filaments, glyphs, quantum foam, maze packing, linelets, glyphlets, squiglets, and finally stringlets]. Differentiated elements self assembling, covering the plane, but never touching or intersecting each other. At times I saw ecology [habitats, species], or people [invasions, colonisations, migrations, roadmaps for peace, mazes], or bacteria [infections, resistances], and then it appeared in 2016 that the model evokes the physics of polymer strands unfolding [for instance in the case of new solar photo-voltaic material research].

The art is rendered in panels up to 8 x 4ft. with 2.5 millions stringlets, or displayed as simple, short animations. (Works currently exhibited in the Art | Sci Center: “Quantum Metaphors” at the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute).

Jean-Pierre Hébert (born in Calais, France) lives and works in Santa Barbara. From the 70s on, he has pioneered computational drawing and focuses on defining algorithmic drawing processes and translating them into images in traditional and new media. Hébert has been Artist-in-Residence at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara since 2003, and has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation award in 2006 and a David Bermant Foundation grant in 2008. His work has been published and exhibited extensively and internationally. It is present in private and institutional digital collections including the Block Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Anne and Michael Spalter and the Thoma Foundation Collections.