Tom Biegalski: Science-based Micro Photography

Opening: Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 6 – 9 pm
Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 – Jan 8, 2023

18620 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030

Science-based Abstract Photography

Opening Receptions:

Saturday, November 19, 6-9pm

Saturday, December 17, 6-9pm

Tom Biegalski's photographic art is an extension of his life-long interest in science. Most of his pieces start with a scientific principle and evolve through experimentation to become the final work. He works with dyes, paints, soap films, and other liquids, including magnetic ferrofluid and often explores the properties of diffusion and magnetism. He also experiments with different types of light, such as polarization, or infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths.

With each subject, he creates a miniature ephemeral painting by adding and manipulating ingredients and lighting and then freezing it in time when he feels it is complete. He often uses high magnification lenses allowing him to explore extreme details of the subject. Though he usually has some idea of what the outcome of a process might be, there is an often an element of surprise.

"These unexpected outcomes give me a sense of wonder and make me want to continue exploring. The completed works often reveal patterns and evidence of forces on a microscopic scale that are reflected in the wider universe. I believe these patterns symbolize the idea that all things are connected. Through my art, I hope to share the intricate beauty that exists all around us." -- Tom Biegalski