Paul Malone : Celestial Mechanics

'Celestial Mechanics 1075' with x-ray photo of the Crab Nebula (right) showing negative curvatures.
Source: Chandra X-ray Observatory


About Celestial Mechanics:

The ideas for these pieces centre around astronomy and the optical presence of the night sky. As the name suggests, this series of artworks assembles sections of Interstellar Space as a mechanical construct. Informing and inspiring these works are alternative, lost and forgotten scientific theories. The topographies are often outlined with negative curvatures as if the works were carved by counter-rotating vortices (Birkeland currents). This morphology is reminiscent of the high energy plasma conditions exhibited within an Electric Universe. When these are placed together in assemblages, they can encompass voids of equal volume.

Celestial Mechanics 25-1075 : 2015

In the later works these issues resolved themselves into two active layers, one containing ionic elements acid etched from nickel-silver plate. The other layer expressed expansion rings of metallic and coloured spirit dye. These elements exemplify the repulsion of the electro-magnetic field and the equivalence of gravity as a real expansion. These wholes are immersed in array of photonic allusion. In this respect they reflect on the Charge Field theories of Walther Ritz, Miles Mathis and others.

These are essentially 'maps' that guide and navigate through the Universe but are informed by particular theoretical perspectives. As such they are maps of synaptic illumination as much as of starlight.

On the whole, they are fabricated as multi-faceted Perspex (Plexiglas) 'sandwiches' of clear, opaque and coloured layers with embedded elements made out of nickel silver, lead solder and printed acetates. These are bolted together using nickel 'hex' bolts flush with the surface. They also form part of the hanging structure that spaces the pieces about 4 cms from the wall. This hanging layer integrates visually with the piece and is mounted on the wall using white nylon spacers and disc head screws.

Under specific lighting conditions (i.e.halogen) light transmits through certain of the pieces and falls in colours and patterns of shadow on the wall. The edges of the layers are sanded to a diffuse finish to generalise the internal reflections. From sunlight to multi-spotlights, all these properties change as the lighting source is altered. Some of the surfaces are inscribed with interlocking patterns and are painted with french enamel and spray acrylic. They can be hung as individual self-consistent works or as 'constellations' that occupy a pattern across the wall.

See also my Electric Universe Talk


Celestial Mechanics : series 2 (small 25cms)







Celestial Mechanics : series 1 (small 25cms)






Celestial Mechanics (Arrays) (rectangular 50cms)




Celestial Mechanics (large 100cms)








Celestial Bars (100cms)

Inconstant Heavens