Andrew Reach

Andrew Reach

Cleveland, OH, United States

About Andrew Reach

(b. 1961 – Miami Beach, FL)

I was an architect first, having studied at Pratt Institute and practicing for over 20 years when in 2005, a progressive spine disease left me disabled and unable to continue practicing. I bring to my art, my architectural “baggage”. It informs me; always thinking about structure, composition, color and rhythm. The use of the grid, indispensable in architecture for defining parameters of space, is the skeletal backbone of much of my work. Working within the parameters of the grid might sound constraining, but for me, it is liberating. Within the grid, I weave color through geometric constructs, syncopating color and geometric forms as an expression of the joy of energy and movement; a stand in for my inability to move freely through the world without pain.

Creating geometric constructs offers me a form of invention and each work presents me with a challenge that motivates me both analytically and creatively. Each work is a formal exercise layered on top of a creative one, revealing the duality of my brain. The ultimate goal of this process is a quest to reach Optical Joyfulness and to impart this joy to the viewer.

Because of my disability, I work digitally. Painting the large format works I want to create is not a viable option for me, so digital technology is a blessing. At my age, I straddle two worlds, the analog of the past and the digital of today. Working digitally, I question how the digital modality of creating works of art, being in its infancy relative to the history of art, relates to the history of creative expression.

Digital tools are different than analog art making tools and methods. But the creativity of the human mind that uses them is still the same. As my work resides in the realm of virtual computer code, I like to think of the code being the artworks DNA. But embedded in the code is the soul of the human element that created it.

I have exhibited my work widely in solo, group and juried Exhibitions. My work is in many private collections and corporate collections, among them the Cleveland Clinic Art Collection, Herman Miller and the permanent collection of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, a Smithsonian affiliated museum.

Education

1986 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York / School of Architecture / Bachelor of Architecture

1979 - 1983 University of Florida, Gainesville / School of Architecture / Bachelor of Design,

Exhibitions

ART TAKES MIAMI / See Me Competition Finalist / Scope International Contemporary Art Show / Miami Beach, Florida / December 4th – 9th 2018

SEE ME ARTISTS TAKE OVER THE MIAMI DOME / Pop-Up event at Magic City Innovation District, Miami / December 6th – 8th

ART TAKES SOHO / See Me Art Community Finalist / Pop up Exhibition at 45 Lispenard Street New York, NY / Sept 26, 2018

NEW NOW / juried by Steven Matijcio, curator of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center / Artists Archives of the Western Reserve Satellite Exhibition / Cleveland Ohio / Sept. 13 – Oct. 18, 2018

REINVENTION / Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, Cleveland Ohio / group exhibition with Kim Bissett, Terry Klausman, Ruth Bercaw & PJ Rogers / March 10 – May 7, 2016

SECOND EDITION OF THE WRONG – New Digital Art Biennale (online) / Homeostasis Pavilion / Nov. 1, 2015 – Jan. 31, 2016

April - May 2015 / Prints & New Media Work / University Hospitals Humphrey Atrium Gallery / solo exhibtion / Cleveland, Ohio

Jan. - Feb. 2015 / Bits In Pieces / solo exhibition / Maria Neil Art Project / Cleveland, Ohio

Feb. - April 2015 / Cleveland Creates: a juried exhibition of northeast ohio artists / ARTneo museum of northeast ohio art and architecture

Dec. 2013 - Feb. 2014 / Fresh From The Studio / Tregoning & Co. / Cleveland, Ohio

Sept. 2013 / IngenuityFest / Engineered Abstraction / Cleveland, Ohio

Nov. 2012 / All About Art / Works by Artists in the Permanent Collection / Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Miami FL

Sept. 2012 / Art Advisory Launch Exhibition / Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts / Washington DC

May-July 2012 / "Let’s Get Digital"/ Group Exhibition of Ohio Digital Artists / Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery / Columbus Ohio

2011- 2010 / American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "Wounded In Action" - Traveling Exhibition / Chicago Cultural Center / Morial Convention Center, New Orleans LA / Russell Senate Office Rotunda, Washington D.C. / National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed / Health & Sciences Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

June-August 2010 / "74th Midyear Exhibition" at The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Sept-Oct 2009 /Solo Exhibition - "Between Technology & Dreams" / Notre Dame College, South Euclid Ohio

Sept-Oct, 2009 / Solo Exhibition "No Dream Beyond Reach" / The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Farm Center / Washington D.C.

December 2008 - June 2009 / Solo Exhibition - Full Circle / The Frost Art Museum, Miami Florida

April 2009 / Solo Exhibition - New Works by Andrew Reach / Clague Playhouse, Westlake Ohio

2008 / American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "eMotion Pictures" - Traveling Exhibition / Chicago Cultural Center at Millenium Park /Moscone Center, San Francisco

November-December 2008 / Solo Exhibition - "Within Reach" / Tregoning & Co., Cleveland Ohio

September 2007 / Solo Exhibition - "Whimsies, Conflicts and Desires" / Studio STK Gallery, Burlington Vermont

September 2006 / Art & Science Collaborations, Inc., Digi'06 Bio/Med SciART / New York Hall of Science

September 2006 / American Institute of Architects, Art by Architects / The Moore Building, Miami Florida

October 2005 / Solo Exhibition - "Beyond Pain" / Tip Freemans Art Gallery, Miami Florida