Robert Carter Teams with Local Artist Todd Pavlisko to Create Bent Violin Bows
Chair and Professor of Chemistry Robert Carter is a landscape painter in his spare time, so suffice it to say, he was intrigued when UMass Boston student Ryan Parker Kelly, working for local artist Todd Pavlisko, approached him with a problem Pavlisko was looking to solve with chemistry.
For his exhibition I Love You, which ends its run at the Robert Miller Gallery in New York City on Saturday, May 30, Pavlisko wanted to contort hand-carved violin bows using ammonia. It took a few tries and an unexpected supply from a closet at a lutherie school (a school for makers and repairers of stringed instruments) in Boston to get it right.
Carter, Kelly, and Pavlisko have already begun experimenting for future shows.
Carter showed UMass Boston Today how he did it in this video.
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