TANGENTS Exhibition Review on the CAN Journal (website of the Collective Arts Network – Cleveland) by Christopher Richards – THE ABSTRACT QUESTION, AT AAWR

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Screenshot of Article with my work QUADRABAR I

Two of my works are being shown in the exhibition TANGENTS – ABSTRACT AND GEOMETRIC ART IN NORTHEAST OHIO at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve curated by Jenniffer Omaitz. I’m honored that my work QUADRABAR I is featured in the article and that my work is covered in this review by artist, gallerist and writer Christopher Richards on the CAN Journal website. Click here to read the article.

The exhibition runs from November 2 – December 16, 2023. Hope you can visit and see not only my work but the wonderful work of the other artists.

Curator Jenniffer Omaitz will give a curators talk at the AAWR on December 2 at 1:00pm.

Click here to read more about the exhibition on the Artists Archive website.

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
1834 E. 123rd Street Cleveland, OH 44106
216-721-9020

I was awarded the Ohio Arts Council’s Artists With Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) Grant for fiscal year 2024.

QUADRAMID VI – 3D Derivative – CNC Cut Out Inkjet On Acrylic

Modeled in the program Blender, I created a structure of 289 multi-colored blocks with multi-colored sloping fins at 51.5 degrees (the angle of slope of the Great Pyramid of Giza). This view is in perspective with the virtual camera looking upward from the bottom.

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QUADRAMID VI, 2023
cnc cut out inkjet on acrylic mounted to composite aluminum
Dimensions Variable, 47.5″ x 47.5″ overall

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Animation of 3D Model

TANGENTS – Abstract and Geometric Art in Northeast Ohio – Opening Reception

It was a wonderful turnout for the opening of TANGENTS at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

I’m proud to be in this exhibition of abstract and geometric art with a group of nine terrific artists (including myself) in NE Ohio; Gianna CommitoDavid Louis Cintron, Mark HowardMark KefferCatherine LentiniNatalie LaneseEd Raffel, and Susan Squires

Curated by artist Jenniffer Omaitz, she says:
Why is making abstract work still important? And how can the process of being an abstract artist lead to greater manifestations of perception? This exhibition aims to excite a deeper interest in geometric art and abstraction in the area and inspire more artists to open up their studio practice.

Thanks to Stuart Pearl for his photographs. All photographs by Stuart Pearl © Artists Archives of the Western Reserve except if otherwise noted.

Click here to learn more about this exhibition and additional programing for the exhibition on the Artists Archives website

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Curator of Tangents Jenniffer Omaitz (left) and Mindy Tousley, Executive Director of the Artists Archives

PYRALUX IV
uv inkjet on acrylic mounted to composite aluminum and cut out on cnc router
47.5″ x 47.5″, edition 1 of 3

QUADRABAR I
uv inkjet on acrylic mounted to composite aluminum and cut out on cnc router
47.5″h x 45.5″w, edition 1 of 3

Curator Jennifer Omaitz (center) and AAWR Executive Director Mindy Tousley (to her right) with the artists in the exhibition speaking about the exhibition

Artist and AAWR board member John Sargent III (left) and artist, curator and owner of Context Fine Art Gallery Christopher Richards

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Artist Ed Raffel with his fantastic mirrored moving artwork

Third from left artist Susan Squires (her work is in the exhibition)

On left artist Natalie Lanese (her work is in the exhibition)
In the background, works by David Louis Cintron

My husband, the incomparable Bruce Baumwoll talking with Megan Alves. Megan Alves is a art historian was previously marketing and program manager at AAWR.

from left: Artist Mark Howard (his work is in the exhibition), Curator Jenniffer Omaitz

Board Member Keith Berr & Linda Barberic

The exhibition runs from November 2 – December 16, 2023. Hope you can visit and see not only my work but the wonderful work of the other artists.

Click here to read more about the exhibition on the Artists Archive website.

Curator Jenniffer Omaitz will give a curators talk at the AAWR on December 2 at 1:00pm.

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
1834 E. 123rd Street Cleveland, OH 44106
216-721-9020

I was awarded the Ohio Arts Council’s Artists With Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) Grant for fiscal year 2024.

TANGENTS – Exhibition of Abstract and Geometric Art in NE Ohio at The Artists Archives of The Western Reserve in Cleveland Ohio

I’m proud to be in this exhibition of abstract and geometric art with a group of nine terrific artists (including myself) in NE Ohio; Gianna Commito, David Louis Cintron, Mark Howard, Mark Keffer, Catherine Lentini, Natalie Lanese, Ed Raffel, and Susan Squires

From the Artists Archives website:

Tangents: Abstract and geometric Art in Northeast Ohio continues on in this tradition by gathering together a collection of diverse and prolific NEO artists who are choosing to work in a nonrepresentational way. While their various works include forays into: Color, optical interplay, mathematics, space, surface, texture, process, and the built environment, all explore their individual pursuits in geometry and abstraction.

Curator Jennifer Omaitz writes,” The idea for this exhibition grew out of a call to action. In the wake of the COVID 19 Pandemic most regional artworks appeared to explore literal pictorial space in painting and sculpture. Questions circulated about who in the area is making design dominant, non-representational work? Why is making abstract work still important? And how can the process of being an abstract artist lead to greater manifestations of perception? This exhibition aims to excite a deeper interest in geometric art and abstraction in the area and inspire more artists to open up their studio practice… The process of making abstract art occupies a rare space. It combines ways of thinking and making that interact with the temporal; sometimes abstraction is minimal and simplified, sometimes optical, and sometimes part of a collaged or combined language. It slows down or abandons the use of literal shapes and forms, often including ad hoc arrangement and disparate elements to engage the viewer in a space where philosophical questions prevail. The work has the power to share the pictorial space of color and surface with sensuality, metaphor, and resonance.” 


I have two artworks in the exhibition; QUADRABAR I and PYRALUX IV. These pieces represent a new direction in my work, connecting my roots as an architect with my digital media practice by utilizing 3d modeling to create geometric abstraction. I call this process 3D Derivatives. The idea of an artist being derivative often has a negative connotation, as being imitative of another artist. But I’m using this word in a different context; that of something that is derived from a source, in this case the source being a 3d model. A 3d model can be viewed in many ways, orthographically and in perspective, from the top, bottom and sides, from different angles, rotated… etc. and a 3D model can be rendered with realistic shadows. These characteristics draw me into this process enabling me to expand on my geometric abstraction in ways not possible in 2D. Using the program Blender, I first create a 3d model, add color and study different camera views and lighting to cast shadows that emphasize the forms. I then export renderings to be printed on rigid substrates and cut them out on a router allowing the geometry to reveal its edges.

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QUADRABAR I, 2023
uv inkjet on acrylic/composite aluminum cut out on cnc router
dimensions variable – 47.5″h x 45.5″w overall, edition of 3

QUADRABAR I is a visualization in perspective looking directly overhead of a structure of a grid of cubes intersected by bars. They shift up in down, undulating in a wave like formation assembling an implied geographic terrain. Infused with 14 colors plus black and white, it comes alive as an optical tapestry in a symphony of color.


PYRALUX IV, 2023
uv inkjet on acrylic/composite aluminum cut out on cnc router
dimensions variable – 47.5″ x 47.5″ overall, edition of 3

PYRALUX IV is a visualization in perspective looking directly overhead of a structure of 2 back to back square pyramids of stepped blocks color coded with primary colors plus white forming the platonic solid, the Octahedron. The stepped blocks along the edges of the octahedron are recessed, splitting the octahedron into 8 parts of which only 4 parts are visible in this view. The Octahedron’s vertices are color coded in black. A series of smaller blocks nest on the larger blocks increasing in size as they cascade down from the vertices.


The exhibition runs from November 2 – December 16, 2023. Hope you can visit and see not only my work but the wonderful work of the other artists.

Click here to read more about the exhibition on the Artists Archive website.

Curator Jenniffer Omaitz will give a curators talk at the AAWR on December 2 at 1:00pm.

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
1834 E. 123rd Street Cleveland, OH 44106
216-721-9020

I was awarded the Ohio Arts Council’s Artists With Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) Grant for fiscal year 2024.