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I’m pleased that my application “The Shape of Things to Come” to the Ohio Arts Council for the Artists With Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) grant has been approved for funding. The Ohio Arts Council does amazing work for artists and the arts in the state of Ohio and I greatly appreciate their support. This is the first work I will be producing with the grant.
Below is an excerpt from my OAC ADAP Grant application:
“With this grant, I will create 4 artworks, printed on rigid substrates as opposed to media of the traditional digital print (paper/canvas). Printing on rigid substrates opens up a new avenue of exploration in my work by allowing my geometric constructs to expand beyond the confines of square and rectangular formats with use of a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Router that can cut the substrate panel to my specifications”.
This work, titled “Thirteen Octoquads”, is the first piece I’m making with the grant funding.
I’ve been working with a variety of geometric shapes, weaved with color. Putting them together in new and unexpected ways challenges me, always with the goal of the composition to elicit a visually energetic and joyful optical experience from the viewer.
I realized that I hadn’t ever worked with Octagons. Why not, I asked myself. So, while I was resting, I imagined turning the octagon into a flower with eight squares being its petals, each projecting from it’s respective segment of the octagon. The resulting arrangement, with triangular spaces left between each adjacent square, provides a link to connect them together. The space left in the middle of 4 linked octoquads provides for smaller flowers with a radiating arrangement of 8 white diamonds. 4 of these flowers surround the central pink octoquad (see detail above).
The image above is the digital file and not the final piece. I will send the file that I’m readying to printer for fabrication.
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Nine Octoquads, 2019
UV cured digital print on composite aluminum panel,
panel shaped and cut-out on CNC Router
I’m proud to share pictures from the opening of the exhibition “Let’s Get Digital” at the Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery in Columbus Ohio. I am honored to be among this wonderful group of artists in the show. What we have in common is that we all use digital technology as a tool in making our art. Some artists combine digital tools with traditional methods while others, like myself, use 100% digital tools and technology to not only create but render our work. Below are pictures of the show and also the press that has so far covered the exhibition. What I’ve posted here are the pictures the curator Alexandra Nicholis Coon sent me that were taken by her friend and only some of the artists represented were in them. When I get more pictures of the other artists and their work, I will update the post.
I’d like to extend a special thanks to Alex Coon for selecting me to be included in this exhibition and for her support of artists working in digital media. Also, thank you to Mary Gray, director of the Riffe Gallery and to the Ohio Arts Council for making it all possible.
From the Riffe Gallery Website:
Curated by Alexandra Nicholis Coon, executive director of the Massillon Museum, “Let’s Get Digital” demonstrates the endless opportunities digital technology offers to the world of art. Whether it be the tool, product, or subject of their artwork, all artists in this exhibition were selected based on their innovative applications of digital technology. To the 15 artists represented in this show, digital technology serves as an avenue for exploring new ideas and relationships that are not possible with traditional media.
Artists in the show include (hometown noted): Janet Ballweg (Bowling Green), Jerry Birchfield (Cleveland), John Branham (Massillon), Kimberly Burleigh (Cincinnati), Guy Michael Davis (Cincinnati), Nicholas Economos (Cleveland), Ronald Geibert (Beavercreek), Brian Harnetty (Columbus), Dan Hernandez (Maumee), Janice Lessman-Moss (Kent), Katie Parker (Cincinnati), Joshua Penrose (Columbus), Andrew Reach (Cleveland), Michele Waalkes (Canton) and Gina Washington (Cleveland).
Parks & Recreation by Andrew Reach
Alexandra Nicholis, Executive Director at Massillon Museum
& Curator of Let’s Get Digital Exhibition
Riffe Gallery Director Mary Gray taking flight
at opening on May 8, 2012
On Right: A Fisherman’s Net Strung by the Constellations
by Andrew Reach
Amelia and John Sparks, Alex N. Coon, Margy Vogt
in front of A Fisherman’s Net Strung by the Constellations
The exhibition was covered in the press by the Columbus Dispatch,
The lantern at Ohio State University & Columbus Alive.
To read the articles click on the pictures below.
Artist Jerry Birchfield (Cleveland) and his sister
Artist Jerry Birchfield in front of his 5 artworks
Michele Waalkes (Canton) with her prints
Gina Washington (Cleveland)
John Branham (Massillon)
with his prints
Jill Malusky (Massillon Museum)
& John Branham
Joshua Penrose (Columbus) with his
Sound Installation Resonant Carboy
Joshua Penrose & Maya Penrose