Electric pH Acid Test (collage by Bernie Langs)


I created this collage for an employee art show at a medical research institution. It plays on the idea of pH litmus tests for acids and bases, but the chromatic strips here, which classically range from red to blue in science, are made up of abstract shapes with color gradations, as well as images from Buddhist art, the Sistine Chapel, and  sections of prints by Durer. I added some pencil colorings as well. The title, with its nod to “acidity”, is a play on the title of Tom Wolfe’s book, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.” My “signature” is a jest on how Durer used his initials on his prints when signing.


Selected byJenn Zed
Image credit:Bernie Langs

Bernie Langs is the author of 20 novellas featured on the Amazon Kindle Store. Many of his stories are centered around painting, music, and art history. His new book, "The Plot", will appear in paperback in June on Amazon. Bernie maintains a SoundCloud page of recordings of his pop/rock compositions, playing all of the instruments with occasional guest vocals by the talented Matthew Murphy. He also posts on SoundCloud his imaginative cover versions of rock and pop hits from the past. On YouTube, you can find the many artistic videos he has created matching photos and films with his music. Bernie recently teamed with GECCOVIZION for his first animated video, "I Am Not the One". Bernie's music video, "Yeast Cell Growth Meets the Beatles", which matches his cover song recording with scientific micro-films, was chosen to appear on the "Labocine" video magazine Web site maintained by Imagine Science Films. In the past, Bernie wrote the monthly arts column for the "Natural Selections" newsletter for nearly eight years.