Created and Sold by Julian Voss-Andreae

Julian Voss-Andreae

Spannungsfeld

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Julian Voss-Andreae's “Spannungsfeld" (stainless steel and granite; 10' x 70' x 6'; 2014) can be found on the campus of the University of Minnesota, and consists of two 10-feet-tall figures in a basic kneeling pose, a male and a female, facing each other.

The two figures represent nature’s omnipresent pairs of opposites. They are critical to the emergence of new levels of meaning in science, and, in the case of the two human genders, critical to the emergence of life.

Inspired by quantum physics, Vos-Andreae's has developed an approach to sculpture that transforms the human figure into a large number of vertically arranged, parallel steel slices with constant spacing. This style creates the impression of a three-dimensional topological map, evoking the fundamental scientific act of measuring the world.

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Julian Voss-Andreae

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Contemporary technology is ushering in a new era for sculpture, comparable perhaps only to the invention of metal casting during antiquity. In my work, I draw cutting-edge approaches from very diverse fields to reimagine the ancient art of figurative sculpture. My goal is to convey elements of our spiritual essence and open our eyes to the miraculous nature of the underlying nature of reality.

I started out as a painter in my youth and later switched to physics. I studied at the universities of Berlin and Edinburgh, and did my graduate research participating in a seminal experiment probing the foundations of quantum physics in one of the world's leading research groups at the University of Vienna. My science training enables me to take advantage of the latest technologies to achieve my artistic visions. But most importantly, my firsthand experience of the enigmatic nature of reality has provided me with key cultural insights, informing my path ever since.

Contrary to our strongly held prejudices about the workings of the universe, there simply is no ‘reality’ out there that is independent of us. Similarly, the divide we perceive between us and the rest of our world turns out to be an illusion. Ultimately, we cannot separate ourselves from each other and the rest of the universe, both in a physical sense as well as when it comes to our actions. My work is a reminder of our fundamental connectedness, giving tangible expression to the vital paradigm shift from Newtonian separation to a renewed connection with Nature.”

Julian Voss-Andreae (born 15 August 1970) is a German sculptor based in Portland, Oregon.

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