Time Warp

A mind-bending art piece by John Chervinsky.

fruit photo by john chervinsky

John Chervinsky likes to explore the principles of “time, light, space, and gravity” in his artistic work, which makes sense given that he ran a Harvard University particle accelerator for 18 years. “I’m looking at time in a certain way, looking at the age of the universe, and making connections,” says Chervinsky, currently a laboratory engineer at Harvard’s Rowland Institute. For this mind-bending piece, he created a still life featuring fresh fruit, then sent a detail photo to a Chinese art factory to be reproduced in oils. When he received the painting three weeks later, he photographed it alongside the decaying scene, resulting in a work that challenges the viewer’s ideas about time, authenticity, and artistic ownership.

Limited-edition photographs, starting at $1,200; Ellen Miller Gallery, 38 Newbury St., Boston, 617-536-4650, ellenmillergallery.com.