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David Tomas
From September 17th 1979 to October 5th 1979
Oeuvres sur l'histoire du physique en peinture / Works on the History of Physic in Painting

"Dave Tomas’ first one-man show includes a piece consisting of a large canvas and a smaller drawing, titled A Photographic Record of the History of Motion of a Free-Falling Body Leading to the Confirmation of Galileo’s Definition of Uniformly Accelerated Motion and the Structure of Projectile Motion – 1638. […] Another piece titled The Discovery of the Positive Electron (1933) […] A third piece, Tracks Due to the Fission of Uranium (1946) […] Tomas also includes a pair of art school like drawings incorporated into the exhibition as time-displaced portraits of J.N. Niepce, the inventor of photography, and W.C. Rontgen, discoverer of X-rays. The works include considerable text which take a considerable amount of time to read, but time is an important aspect of Tomas’s intellectual interpretation of history. None of the works are temporally static. The events depicted involve not only Space, or the properties of the continuum which we for the sake of convenience label Space, but Time as well, not only as duration but also as a function of the properties of Space. […] Tomas re-examines historical scientific events which have been preserved by language and memory, and restructures them in terms of personal experience, [… an] extremely intellectual and intensely personal interpretation of the sociology of science. Tomas’ images leave little or no room for subjective interpretations, that is, the titles and texts tell us exactly what it is we are looking at: an event or demonstration of an idea that, though normally beyond or below the threshold of direct human experience, is none the less real. […] Though the exhibition seems almost intimidatingly intellectual, especially to one without a background in the history of science, it is also aesthetically appealing and intriguing."
- Blair, Michael, "Dave Tomas – Optica – Montreal – September 15 to 30", Vanguard, November 1979.

- Blair, Michael, «Dave Tomas – Optica – Montreal – September 15 to 30», Vanguard, novembre 1979.