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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New Artwork – Isosceles Follies I

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Isosceles Follies I , 2020
uv cured inkjet on shaped composite aluminum panel
edition of 3
dimensions variable (overall 48″ x 48″)

“Isosceles Follies I” is composed solely of these two isosceles triangles.

From Euclid’s Elements – Book I – definition XX:

Of trilateral figures, an equilateral triangle is that which has its three sides equal, an isosceles triangle that which has two of its sides alone equal, and a scalene triangle that which has its three sides unequal.

Thirteen Octoquads – Shaped UV inkjet on Composite Aluminum – Ohio Arts Council ADAP Grant “The Shape of Things to Come”

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Thirteen Octoquads I, 2019
UV inkjet on composite aluminum panel 
cnc router shaped perimeter w/ interior cut-outs
Ed. of 3 @ 60 x 60 inches
(note: fabrication pending)

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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