Ned Kahn, an artist who has a background in environmental science, explores natural phenomena through his art. His works typically incorporate fluid dynamics, optics, acoustics, and other features of physics. During the 1980s, he was an apprentice to physicist Frank Oppenheimer at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, which Oppenheimer founded. Kahn’s works include Tornado, a simulation of the chaotic phenomenon, and Gaussian Melody, whose pin array, related to the Gaussian distribution, produces a random tune. Converting abstract principles into tangible representations, Kahn’s work is accessible to a vast and diverse audience, attracting and holding the attention of children, adults, artists, and physicists alike.
Working out of Ned Kahn Studios in Sebastopol, California, he has designed exhibits for museums in the US, Canada, and Japan and has completed numerous public art commissions. Kahn’s exhibits strike an emotional chord, reminding the viewer of nature’s capacity to inspire apprehension, serenity, wonder, and awe.