Three Hundred Forty Two Quadrilaterals

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Three Hundred Forty Two Quadrilaterals, 2020
uv cured inkjet on shaped composite aluminum panel
48″h x 36″w, edition of 3

Euclid’s Elements – Book 1 – Definitions, definition XXII, simply says:

“A quadrilateral figure is one which is bounded by four sides.”

So any four sided shape is a quadrilateral. The shape I use in this piece is a form of a quadrilateral that Euclid describes as a kite. Yes, it’s the shape your thinking of, like the traditional flying kite shape.

Per Wikipedia:
In Euclidean geometry, a kite is a quadrilateral whose four sides can be grouped into two pairs of equal-length sides that are adjacent to each other. In contrast, a parallelogram also has two pairs of equal-length sides, but they are opposite to each other rather than adjacent. 

The diagonals of a kite are always perpendicular to each other.

The kite shape I’m using in this piece is the one below. It looks different than the kite above but it’s still a kite. It has two pairs of equal-length sides adjacent to each other. It’s basically been squashed where the horizontal diagonal is smaller than the vertical diagonal (shown by dashed lines) as opposed to the more traditional shape, as shown in the illustration above whereby it’s the opposite; the horizontal diagonal is longer than the vertical diagonal.

Nine Octoquads

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Nine Octoquads, 2019
shaped w/ cut-outs uv cured digital print on composite acrylic/aluminum panel
panel shaped and cut-out on CNC Router

Nine Octoquads, 2019
UV cured digital print on composite aluminum panel,
panel shaped and cut-out on CNC Router

Ninety One Kites in the Summa Healing Arts Collection For New Patient Tower

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I’m honored to be a part of Summa Health’s new Healing Arts Collection for the new Patient Tower at the Akron campus. Special thank you to Meg Harris Stanton, curator – Summa Health Healing Arts Leadership Council, for selecting my work “Ninety One Kites” where it has been placed on the fifth floor across from the nurses station. Really like it’s location. Not only do patients and visitors benefit from the arts in healthcare, staff especially does so. Also, a special thank you to Christine Havice, Chair, Summa Health Healing Arts Leadership Council. With her background as an arts educator in art history, journalist, curator and consultant, she researched and wrote about each artist, artwork and the artists process. With dedicated web page’s for each, it’s a great resource to view and study the collection. Below is excerpt of what she wrote on my page:

After viewing this print, you may also find his reflections helpful in negotiating the visual arts world of today, where both digital and the older “analogue” techniques co-exist and often, as here and in certain other works of art in the Summa Collection, interpenetrate in new and exciting ways.

Christine Havice

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Below are some great works in the collection.

New Summa Health Akron Campus New Patient Tower. Sculpture in foreground “Beacon of Well-Being” by Stephen Canneto , photo: summahealth.org
Diana Al-Hadid
A Way with Words, 2019
Materials: Polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, gold leaf, aluminum leaf, copper leaf, pigment, 160.5 x 96 x 5.5”.
From left: Cliff Deveny, M.D., Diana Al-Hadid and David Custodio, M.D., during Al-Hadid’s art installation in the new tower on the Summa Health System — Akron Campus
photo: summahealth.org
Shane Wynn
Pictured, from left:
Neema & Phul
Asha & Furaha
from the North Hill series, 2018
MaterialsColor digital print, 48 x 32”.
Location at Summa Health: New patient tower (141 N. Forge St.), hallway, second floor.
photo: summahealth.org
Marvin Jones
Untitled, undated
Materials: Mixed media monoprint  37 3/8 x 24 5/8”.
photo: summahealth.org

The Collection