acrylic on canvas 600mm x 600mm x 2
There is much to say on the subject of Robert Oppenheimer, he is best known as ‘the father of the atomic bomb’, however he appears to have been far more complex than that simple title suggests.
In his capacity as a theoretical physicist he was indeed the scientific director of The Manhattan Project, responsible for developing the first nuclear weapons. He also maintained a healthy eclecticism in his approach to his professional and private intellectual endeavours. Widely read, a polyglot, academically and politically influential, Oppenheimer was a profound and complex individual central to a radical change in the global human condition.
He famously quoted the Bhagavad Gita in response to witnessing the Trinity test of his new atomic weapon – “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”
www.atomicarchive.com have a short clip of Oppenheimer himself discussing it.
The painting itself is another experiment with anamorphic painting, this time using two canvases attached at a right angle, producing a ‘correct’ perspective when viewed from forty five degrees. Effectively, it’s a ‘corner painting’, to be viewed from all angles. As you move about the painting it produces a rather peculiar distortion effect, shown in the animation below.