GSU Graduate Student Uses Physics in Artwork

Tim Vitek with Additive Subtractive
Artist Tim Vitek with his painting, "Additive Versus Additive/Subtractive." (SUPPLIED)

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- On Thursday, November 17, Governors State University graduate student Tim Vitek of Chicago will unveil a collection of new artwork at the university’s Visual Arts Gallery called “Additive / Subtractive; Sensory Interactions Developed By A Geometric Algorithm.” An opening reception celebrating the artist is from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs through November 23. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The collection, which is Vitek’s graduate thesis show, is based on the second year Studio Arts masters student’s modifications to the Weber-Fechner law in physics. The works use an additive and subtractive algorithm Vitek developed to achieve a unique spectrum of color.

A one-time music producer and former banking executive, Vitek came to Governors State University following a motorcycle accident in November 2007.

“I have always had an interest in color,” said Vitek, “but after my accident my fascination with color became an obsession. I suffered multiple injuries and wound up with permanent nerve damage in my right foot, but it was what happened after the accident that was truly significant. I literally had no interest in what I had been doing passionately for the last 15 years. What was even more interesting is that my passion and interest completely shifted to color.”

The Visual Arts Gallery is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 1 to 9 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., and by appointment. Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois. For more information, call (708) 534-4021or visit