"Andrew Reach Works in the Realm of Digital Media"
Born 1961, Miami Beach. Reach received a degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in New York and had a successful 20 year career as an architect. His last building as project architect with HOK Architects was the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami. In 2003, a spine disease resulted in a spinal fusion comprising more than two thirds of his spine. In the fall of 2004, at the commencement of construction of the Frost Museum, due to complications he would undergo a lifesaving surgery marking an end and a new beginning; reinvention from architect to visual artist working in the realm of digital media.
Prior to his disability, as an architect practicing a visual art form separate from the sphere of the other visual arts, Reach’s artistic abilities were always in service to the making of buildings. Now he found himself creating art on a computer program as if the works of art had been inside him all along, waiting for the day the technology would come around to realize them. Reach came to embrace digital technology to create large format works that would be too physically demanding for him to paint. In his new work, he’s printing on rigid substrates, acrylic and aluminum; being rigid allows him to cut them on a cnc router, letting the geometry escape the confines of the square and rectangular formats. The ability to cut out the shape frees the geometry to reveal its edges. Unbridled, these artworks speaks to freedom, movement and energy.
An outgrowth from Reach’s architecture, the tenants he learned about making buildings; structure, composition and the grid, to name some, are relevant to making art as well and they are his guiding principles. These influences have found their way into his art, compelling him to create geometric constructs in new ways. How can geometric forms be put together to make something new? How can he bind these forms together with infusion of color to make them come alive? These are some of the questions that motivate him. In doing so, Reach has created his own little universe with a visual language that helps him escape gravity. He hopes the freedom his work embodies translates to the viewer in a joyous moment of reflection.
Reach’s work has been exhibited, nationally in solo and group exhibitions including a solo exhibition at the inaugural opening of the Frost Art Museum. His work is in private, corporate and institutional collections, among them the Frost Art Museum Permanent Collection and the Cleveland Clinic Art Collection.