TRIANGULA CUBOIDEA – Art & Architecture

I’m not sure what to call this exploration of form. Is it architecture? Is it sculpture? Perhaps it straddles both realms. I’ve been using the form of the cuboid (blocks) to build more complex Euclidean structures like pyramids and octahedrons. This structure diverges into architecture with gabled cantilevers. Built up with blocks I like to think of as pixels in 3d, eight intersecting triangular sections cantilever out from their starting points, the midpoint of the structure, four on top and four reversed on the bottom. The void left over at its center expresses absence and the ephemeral as the structure appears to be dissolving. The blocks edges are vestigial traces composed of wood bars held together with steel connectors and bolts whose tracery is analogous to a wireframe view of a 3d model.

This is a departure from sculptures in steel, traditionally used in outdoor sculpture, with its construction in sustainably forested wood with steel being the connective tissue holding it together which speaks to sustainability to combat the climate crisis and a connection to nature.

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ESCAPE HASH II – From Sculpture to CNC Cut-Out Print

I’m using the 3d medium as a new way to make 2d prints. This is a new artistic process for me. When I made a 3d printed Hash sign for the recent W/O Limits exhibition at the Artists Archives, https://andrewreach.com/escape-hash-3d-printed-sculpture…/ I first did renders of it to study the form. A lightbulb went off in my head and I realized I could take these renders, export them out and transform them into 2d cnc cut-out prints.

This hash sign was modeled in Blender and transformed into this 2d print.

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ESCAPE HASH II, 2022
uv cured inkjet on cnc cut-out acrylic/composite aluminum
45″h x 30.5″w, edition of 3

# Work In progress – 3d printed sculpture Visualization in Blender

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I’m honored to be one of several artists to be in the upcoming show in December “W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability” exhibition curated by Megan Alves and Mindy Tousley of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. The Artists Archives has been awarded a grant from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities where the organization will be able to incorporate strategies to increase accessibility with among others the use of braille and a 3d printed tactile sculpture for the visually impaired.

Megan asked if I would be interested in doing the 3d printed sculpture and I accepted, excited with the anticipation of revisiting shifting into 3 dimensions and also working again with Think[Box] at Case Western Reserve University. I had worked with Think[box] in 2015 where I printed 2 sculptures I call MODEL CITIZENS.

For the W/O LIMITS exhibition, In progress is a 3d Hash symbol with elements that make it accessible to the visually impaired. A modular system of 80 individually printed blocks (each block 2″ high) connected together and alternating between hash symbols in negative relief and positive relief form a bold singular Hash symbol. Primary colors and black and white provide bold contrast between the parts, making them more visible. The deep cuts into each block project shadows making it both tactile and with a sharply delineated pattern also making it more visible.

As an art object unto itself, the hash symbol with its use in hash-tagging represents our modern times, good and bad; where data is turned into meta-data; where information is categorized and made searchable; where so many find their voices amongst the billions of souls vying to be seen and heard to share joys, beauty, injustices, sadness…and so much more, elevating our humanity. But other voices use it to tear down our humanity and the beauty of our multicultural world. With this sculpture, however, I choose to express it as a symbol of empowerment.

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