David Wargowski

David Wargowski is an artist, historian, and archaeologist of mid-twentieth century nuclear culture. His sculptures, models, and imagery are witness to the historical, scientific, and contemporary moments of the birth and evolution of catastrophic nuclearism from the Manhattan Project to the present. David has a particular interest in the techno-scientific structures of the Manhattan Project and the subsequent design advancements of nuclear weaponry. The intent of David’s work is nuclear weapon educational awareness. This includes the incorporation of various natural and digital imagery enhancement techniques to better visualize the catastrophic effects of nuclear weapon use with a particular focus on ionizing and thermal radiation. David strives to marry art with pure nuclear science and history. He refers to his body of work as “Nuclear Impressionism”. For the past decade David has studied the Manhattan Project, the atmospheric nuclear testing program, and the strategic use of nuclear weapons, past and present. David has participated in four group nuclear art exhibitions, most recently at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill called Nuclear Visions. His nuclear imagery has also appeared in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In addition, he has authored several biographical and historical articles for The Atomic Heritage Foundation Newsletter and most recently completed an historical display dedicated to Leo Szilard at the University of Chicago. David is a member of the Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists Art Science Initiative, Advisory Board Member of The Atomic Heritage Foundation, and a member of the Curie Continuum of the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. David also serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international consortium of atomic artists and photographers headquartered in Quebec, Canada.

Website: www.rapidrupturedesign.com (currently under construction)
E-mail: rapidrupturedesign@outlook.com
Twitter: @DAWargowski
Instagram: @David_Wargowski
LinkedIn: David Wargowski

Exhibitions

“Leo Szilard: Four Key Contributions” – Display Case
Sponsor – Enrico Fermi Institute
Albert A. Michelson Center for Physics Building
October 2019 (Permanent Exhibit)
Department of Physics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

 

“Nuclear Visions – The Atomic Photographers Guild”
Sponsor – Department of Art and History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The John and June Allcott Gallery
September 20 to October 31, 2019
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA

“The Legacy of the Nuclear Age”
Sponsor – The Nuclear Forum of the World Social Forum
August 8 to August 12, 2016
McGill University, Montreal, Canada 

“From Trinity to Hiroshima and Beyond: the Nuclear Age Through the Eyes of the Atomic Photographers Guild”
Sponsor – The Hiroshima Bank
October 6 to October 15, 2015
Hiroshima, Japan


“Hiroshima-Nagasaki: Seventy Years Beyond the Bombings”
Sponsor – Physicians for Social Responsibility-Kansas City and PeaceWorks KC
August 6 to October 4, 2015
University of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri USA 

 

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