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Art meets science: Engineer discusses his photographs in free UH lecture

HOUSTON, Nov. 12, 2007 Visually unsettling and intellectually provocative, John Chervinskys photographs are an ongoing series of conceptual still lifes. Chervinsky, a photographer with a strong background in physics, chemistry and materials science, will lecture about his exhibition An Experiment in Perspective at the University of Houston at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 in Room 232 of Phillip G. Hoffman Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

We are excited to host his talk because his work shows the link across many different disciplines, which is what Visual Studies at UH is all about, said Tracy Xavia Karner, director of the Visual Studies Program at UH, which is co-sponsoring this event with the UH Department of Physics, the Texas Learning and Computation Center and FotoFest, an international non profit photographic arts and education organization based in Houston.

An engineer by trade, Chervinsky has spent the past 18 years running a particle accelerator in one of Harvard Universitys applied physics laboratories. In addition to his core scientific background, his work also is influenced by his wide array of specialties, including archeology, biology, and fine art conservation and analysis.

Chervinsky specializes in realistic still-life photographs, rich in detail combined with chalk drawings. His drawings are designed to provoke thought about mans struggle to cope in the growing technological age. He explores issues of perspective and photography, incorporating motifs, symbols and formulae commonly used in his scientific profession. His body of work explores the conflict between rational or scientific explanations of existence and mans apparent need to explain the world around him.

His work is on display in the FotoFests collection International Discoveries. For more information about this exhibit, contact or 713-223-5522 and visit

Additional information on Chervinsky is available at

WHO: John Chervinsky, photographer

WHAT: An Experiment in Perspective lecture

WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15
(Light Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.)

WHERE: University of Houston
Phillip G. Hoffman Hall, Room 232
Entrance 14 off Cullen Boulevard
Parking in Lot 15F (unrestricted after 6 p.m.)


Contact: Lisa Merkl
University of Houston

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