Thanks to the Ohio Arts Council & Thinkbox Inovation Center at Case Western Reserve University for their support in making possible my mixed media sculptures “Model Citizens”. The Ohio Arts Council provided funding through a grant and Thinkbox provided their facilities, equipment and support to help make them a reality.
The following is an excerpt from article “Second Life” by Josh Usmani in Cleveland Scene Magazine, December 31, 2014, about exhibition “Bits In Pieces” at Maria Neil Art Project in the Waterloo Arts District in Cleveland:
Bits in Pieces includes Reach’s latest large-scale, geometric digital prints, smaller “whimsies” (as Reach refers to them) and new 3-D printed mixed media sculptures, called Model Citizens. “I wanted to explore ways of making sculpture digitally,” says Reach. “I’ve been enjoying the process of working with 3D printing. I’m mixing other digital fabrication technology into them; parts in wood are cut on a CNC Router that is basically a cutting robot, and the stainless steel base has its pattern laser cut on a laser cutter, another cutting robot.
“In my quest to embrace technology to have a voice, I am just beginning to embark to explore this technology in my art,” he continues. “As an architect, three-dimensional form is always in the background. Making sculptures would be too physically demanding. But when I first learned of 3-D printing it occurred to me that here was a medium that I could produce sculpture without the physicality involved, thus giving me a new avenue of creative expression.”