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Andrew Reach’s Circles My art was born when disability from Scheuermann’s disease, a disease of the spine, forced me to end my architectural career. With steel in my spine and steel resolve in my heart I set forth on an artistic odyssey of reinvention. It began with my life partner Bruce Baumwoll encouraging me to use the computer to make art when depression from pain and immobility began to take hold of me after my second surgery from complications of the disease. As I step back and look at the evolution of my art, an interesting thing happened along the way. Circles begin to appear. At first in my earliest work were singular circles, sometimes reinterpretations of Mandala’s, sometimes circles with spinning motion representing Sufi whirling dervishes. This interest in eastern cultures began during my Architectural studies at Pratt Institute. Soon my art would verge on the surreal by being inhabited by my WHIMSIES, childlike carefree unencumbered creatures free of the constraints of gravity. They would become stand-ins, allowing me to go on fantastic journeys far from the confines of pain that is always accompanies me. But I also desired to journey to other places in my art as well. Going back to my interest in world cultures, I would become an explorer. And an explorer needs a vessel to travel on. Photoshop would be mine. Each picture becomes a destination on my journeys of discovery. I would choose the form of the circle to be the matrix that these works would be organized by. Why the Circle? For me, the circle is the most universal and archetypal of all forms, used by all cultures, from all times to the present. The circle is also universally understood by children, such as spinning tops that children have been playing with for ages all over the world. Throughout history, other circular forms such as spirals can be found in the art and iconography from such disparate locals and cultures as the Australian Aboriginals to the Celtic pagans of Northern Europe. These forms seem to be in our DNA. Early humans looked into the sky and observed the heavenly circular objects, most intimately, the moon and the sun. This struck a chord and humans would study the circle and its power from then on. With humanities progression technologically, would come the understanding that the circle is the most fundamental unit in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology. And with the rise of the computer age, binary code controlled by switching millions of 1’s and zero’s on and off, the circle (zero) has come to be imbedded into a new fabric that now connects the world together, the web. In my circles lies all of these threads the circle has weaved throughout time. Andrew Reach, 2011 below: The Blossoming, 2011

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above: There’s No Place to Hide, 2009

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above: The Wonder of Bruce, 2010


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