Space and time inspire Vienna artist

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Space and time inspire Vienna artist
Tomas Eller working on Expendic. Photo: Katja Eller

A new book from Vienna-based artist Tomas Eller - who has created work using guns and dynamite - draws inspiration from physics and maths.


The title, YOUBLACKHOLE, refers to a region of space-time from which gravity prevents anything, including light, from escaping.

Three eminent mathematicians, including Sir Roger Penrose, have contributed essays to his book.

Eller’s work ranges “from huge phenomena to the tiniest detail - from astrophysics and endless horizons to nanophysics and the microcosmos,” writes Verena Kaspar-Eisert, director of Vienna’s Ostlicht gallery, who edited Eller's book. 

Eller, who's originally from Meran in South Tyrol, trained as a sculptor but his work includes film, installation, print, and photography.

For the series of sculptures Expendic (2009) he examines how to visualise non-space, and uses the Penrose Diagram (which illustrates the geometry of space-time in the vicinity of black holes) as a starting point to explore the enormous amount of energy released by black holes.

Eller took diamond-shaped aluminium panels and damaged them, using different firearms.

He was similarly uncompromising in the making of his video Baryogen (2014) - which shows eight tonnes of marble being blown up with dynamite. Eller has also created images using jet skis, snow ploughs, helicopters, and motorcycles.

YOUBLACKHOLE is published by Revolver, ISBN 978-3-95763-110-7

Picture Gallery: YOUBLACKHOLE: Art collides with physics

Detail from Expendic. Photo: Tomas Eller 


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