by Ned Kahn
Water streaming into a shallow dish creates
a large whirlpool. As the water drains, intricate surface waves spiral
in and out of the center and the entire vortex begins to slowly oscillate,
revolving around the drain. The oscillations grow with each revolution
until the vortex is so unstable that it breaks away from the drain and
a new vortex immediately forms.
82" x 32" x 76" Weight:
The confluence of science and art has fascinated me throughout my
career. For the last fifteen years, I have developed a body of work inspired
by atmospheric physics, geology, astronomy, and fluid motion. I strive
to create artworks that enable viewers to observe and interact with natural
processes. I am less interested in creating an alternative reality than
I am in capturing, through my art, the mysteriousness of the world around
My artworks frequently incorporate flowing water, fog, sand,
and light to create complex and continually changing systems.
Many of these works can be seen as "observatories" in that they
frame and enhance our perception of natural phenomena. I am
intrigued with the way patterns can emerge when things flow.
These patterns are not static objects, they are patterns of
behavior-recurring themes in the repertoire of nature.