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Andrew Reach | Cleveland Ohio EUA

Andrew Reach is an abstract artist working in the realm of digital media. A successful 20 year career as an architect ended when a spine disease left him disabled and unable to continue practicing. His last building as project architect with HOK Architects was the Frost Art Museum in Miami Florida. His reinvention from architect to artist began when he began creating art digitally as art therapy to help him cope with debilitating pain. His work has been exhibited in the United States in solo and group exhibitions including a solo exhibition at the Frost Art Museum. His work is in private, corporate and institutional collections, among them the Frost Art Museum Permanent Collection and the Cleveland Clinic Art Collection.

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1. OCTOLUX I  | 2021 | uv cured inkjet on acrylic mounted to composite aluminum

 

2. LOVE - I | 2022 | uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum

3. LOVE - II - in environment | 2022 | uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum

4. LOVE - II | 2022 | uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum 

5. CIRCULUX I | 2021 | uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum.

 

6. CIRCULUX II - in environment | 2022 | uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum

7. CIRCULUX II | 2022 | uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum

8. #43Hashtags - in digital space | 2021 | uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum

Individually, we have in our possession the most powerful technology humankind has ever seen, the smartphone. Historically, we live in our homes, work in offices and go places for recreation and to interact with family and friends. Being in these physical locations gives us a sense of place, of history. But more and more we find ourselves not so much in a physical location interacting with the world in real time, but in a virtual place, with our phones navigating our psyches. And social media has overwhelmingly become the facilitator of this new journey we are collectively traveling in. In its path, language is being reduced, with symbols replacing words and abbreviations replacing sentences. The hash symbol has become the symbol most representing the zeitgeist in this new terrain. When we publish a hashtag, were attaching metadata that links us to the world. We become searchable. We can be found. The work #43hashtags, as the name says, has 43 hash symbols. Each one is different representing diversity; that behind each hashtag is a person. The number 43 came about when trying to create a cloud like shape and 43 was just the amount needed to accomplish it. This reference to the mysterious place where the data is, the CLOUD, is metaphor for YOU ARE HERE, a place where our virtual selves reside. Where our data is, we are.

9. ASTERISCUS III | 2021 | uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum

ASTERISCUS III is an exploration of geometric abstraction utilizing symbols, in this piece a specific asterisk from the Unicode Standard. The asterisk symbol has ancient roots, utilized throughout history by different cultures for different purposes. It has become a universal symbol, incorporated into the fabric of technology through the Unicode Standard. Into this form, I’m weaving color and bold black and whites to optically energize the multi-layered composition. The symbol used in ASTERISCUS I is the Unicode Standard designated as U+1F7BA, the designation given to the symbol given the name “Extremely Heavy Six Spoked Asterisk”. The Unicode Standard designates all symbols, giving them coding data that can be uniformly used in technology internationally. U+1F7BA is distinguished from other asterisks in the Unicode Standard by the thickness of its spokes versus more delicate asterisks in the code. Transforming this symbol from something of use in computer code, language, telecommunications and mathematics into the realm of geometric object is an expression of technology transformed to an aesthetic that speaks to our technological times.

10. ASTERISCUS I - in digital space | 2021 | uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum

ASTERISCUS I is an exploration of geometric abstraction utilizing symbols, in this piece a specific asterisk from the Unicode Standard. The asterisk symbol has ancient roots, utilized throughout history by different cultures for different purposes. It has become a universal symbol, incorporated into the fabric of technology through the Unicode Standard. Into this form, I’m weaving color and bold black and whites to optically energize the multi-layered composition. The symbol used in ASTERISCUS I is the Unicode Standard designated as U+1F7BA, the designation given to the symbol given the name “Extremely Heavy Six Spoked Asterisk”. The Unicode Standard designates all symbols, giving them coding data that can be uniformly used in technology internationally. U+1F7BA is distinguished from other asterisks in the Unicode Standard by the thickness of its spokes versus more delicate asterisks in the code. Transforming this symbol from something of use in computer code, language, telecommunications and mathematics into the realm of geometric object is an expression of technology transformed to an aesthetic that speaks to our technological times.

11. ASTERISCUS I | 2021 | uv cured inkjet on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum

ASTERISCUS I is an exploration of geometric abstraction utilizing symbols, in this piece a specific asterisk from the Unicode Standard. The asterisk symbol has ancient roots, utilized throughout history by different cultures for different purposes. It has become a universal symbol, incorporated into the fabric of technology through the Unicode Standard. Into this form, I’m weaving color and bold black and whites to optically energize the multi-layered composition. The symbol used in ASTERISCUS I is the Unicode Standard designated as U+1F7BA, the designation given to the symbol given the name “Extremely Heavy Six Spoked Asterisk”. The Unicode Standard designates all symbols, giving them coding data that can be uniformly used in technology internationally. U+1F7BA is distinguished from other asterisks in the Unicode Standard by the thickness of its spokes versus more delicate asterisks in the code. Transforming this symbol from something of use in computer code, language, telecommunications and mathematics into the realm of geometric object is an expression of technology transformed to an aesthetic that speaks to our technological times.

12. #43Hashtags | 2021 | uv cured inkjet print on cnc cut acrylic mounted to composite aluminum.

Individually, we have in our possession the most powerful technology humankind has ever seen, the smartphone. Historically, we live in our homes, work in offices and go places for recreation and to interact with family and friends. Being in these physical locations gives us a sense of place, of history. But more and more we find ourselves not so much in a physical location interacting with the world in real time, but in a virtual place, with our phones navigating our psyches. And social media has overwhelmingly become the facilitator of this new journey we are collectively traveling in. In its path, language is being reduced, with symbols replacing words and abbreviations replacing sentences. The hash symbol has become the symbol most representing the zeitgeist in this new terrain. When we publish a hashtag, were attaching metadata that links us to the world. We become searchable. We can be found. The work #43hashtags, as the name says, has 43 hash symbols. Each one is different representing diversity; that behind each hashtag is a person. The number 43 came about when trying to create a cloud like shape and 43 was just the amount needed to accomplish it. This reference to the mysterious place where the data is, the CLOUD, is metaphor for YOU ARE HERE, a place where our virtual selves reside. Where our data is, we are.