Monthly Archives: February 2016

Whimsy T-Shirts by Andrew Reach

Put a little Whimsy in  your life with Andrew Reach’s Whimsy T-Shirts available on Society6.com

His Whimsies are unencumbered beings free of the constraints of gravity and are stand-ins for his desire to escape pain and be free from the earths binding gravitational force.

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Andrew Reach To Exhibit at The “REINVENTION” Show at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve – Cleveland

I’m pleased to announce that my spouse Andrew Reach will have his art exhibited in a group show at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve. The show is titled “REINVENTION”. Mindy Tousley, director of AAWR and curator of the show says about it:

“I am putting together an exhibition of regional artists who have re –invented themselves or at least their artwork because of physical trauma associated with aging or aging related disabilities. In the case of all of the artists I have selected they have overcome the changes forced on them and gone on to complete bodies of work that are very different & in some cases superior to what they were doing before. I came upon the idea for this show because of my association with the artists and their stories. I saw firsthand the changes in their work over the course of time.”

The other artists art Ruth Bercaw, Terry Klausman, PJ Rogers (Now deceased), & Kim Bisset

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All About Art: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum Fundraising Auction

The director of the Frost Art Museum, Carol Damian, asked artists whose works are in the Frost’s permanent collection to donate a work of art for a special fundraiser to celebrate the museums 35th Anniversary. Andrew Reach and I were honored to donate his work “Middle of the Night in a Digital Dream” as a way of giving back to the institution that has been an important part of his artistic growth. Three of Andrew’s works were acquired by the Frost for the permanent collection after his solo exhibition at the Frost in 2008. The exhibition titled “Full Circle” happened at the inagural opening of the museum. It was one of six opening exhibitions along with “Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum”, which was the first stop of the blockbuster exhibition that would travel to other museums in the U.S.

click here to see the “Full Circle” exhibition page on the Frost art museum website

Frost Art Musem – photo courtesy HOK Architects

This has been an amazing journey with Andrew with the Frost Art Museum. As some of you may have read in my prior posts, this building has a very personal meaning to Andrew and I. This was Andrew’s last building as an architect before his spine disease took over and left him disabled.  Andrew was project architect and assistant designer to Yann Weymouth on the museum with HOK Architects.  At the time while working on the museum, Andrew would never have imagined that his art would hang in the grand gallery that he helped design.

Grand Galleries at the Frost Art Museum – Installation of Exhibition Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum – photo courtesy HOK Architects

The Frost Website says:

“The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University celebrated its 35th anniversary the evening of Saturday, November 3, 2012, with the inaugural All About Art Fine Art Fundraising Auction. The event, held in the grand galleries at the Museum and hosted by Co-Chairs Patricia & Phillip Frost and FIU President Mark Rosenberg and his wife Rosalie, featured art works donated by 78 acclaimed artists, was attended by over 350 art enthusiasts, and raised more than $200,000 in support of future Museum activities and programs. Major support for All About Art was received from Darlene and Jorge Pérez, Bacardi, Color Express, Museo Vault and Christie’s. Director Carol Damian and the staff of the Frost Art Museum wish to thank the Co-Chairs, the Host Committee, the sponsors and especially the generous artists and enthusiastic attendees, for making All About Art such a success!”

Screen shot from “All About Art” webpage (click image to enlarge)

Andrew’s work had much interest with multiple bids and ultimately it went to a prominent art collector in Miami who is also a trustee on the board of the Miami Art Museum.

Sam Champion & guest ( Andrew’s artwork is in background at left)

Sam Champion and his fiancee artist Ruben Robierb whose art
was also auctioned at event

Patricia Frost (center left), Carol Damian (center right) and guests

Click here to see my other post with the complete catalog of the auction.

Click here to explore more of Andrew Reach’s Art on his website www.andrewreach.com

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Andrew Reach – Frost Art Museum “Full Circle” Exhibition Page

FrostArtMuseum_FullCircleExhibitionPage_screenshotscreenshot of “Full Circle” Exhibition page on the Frost Art Museum website

This has been an amazing journey with Andrew with the Frost Art Museum. As some of you may have read in my prior posts, this building has a very personal meaning to Andrew and I. This was Andrew’s last building as an architect before his spine disease took over and left him disabled.  Andrew was project architect and assistant designer to Yann Weymouth on the museum with HOK Architects.  At the time while working on the museum, Andrew would never have imagined that he would have a solo exhibition and have his work in the Frost’s Permanent Collection in the building he helped design.

Three of Andrew’s works were acquired by the Frost for the permanent collection after his solo exhibition at the Frost in 2008. The exhibition titled “Full Circle” happened at the inagural opening of the museum. It was one of six opening exhibitions along with “Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum”, which was the first stop of the blockbuster exhibition that would travel to other museums in the U.S. The Frost has updated their website and has a page devoted to the exhibition. Also on this page you can view the catalog that accompanied the show.

click here to see the “Full Circle” exhibition page on the Frost art museum website

Andrew Reach Found Freedom In His Architecture – House That Wants to Fly

This is a student project that my spouse Andrew Reach did at Pratt Institute. I marveled at his focus and creativity when he was creating it. He looks back and reflects on it, realizing that it was not only a poetic statement translated in architectural form, but also an early example of art therapy to escape his pain.

Andrew says:

I find a kind of freedom in my art that helps me escape pain. As I look back on a project I did at Pratt, I realize that I was doing the same thing with my architecture. The curvature in my spine in my twenties caused intermittent episodes of pain. The conception of this house, about the desire to escape gravity, TO FLY, TO BE FREE, but not being able to, always tethered to earth, was a metaphor for the human condition. But perhaps subliminally, it was a metaphor for my deformed spine, wishing I could escape it.

I was honored when I was notified in 1987, a couple of years after graduating, that this project was selected to be in the book published by Rizzoli FORM; BEING; ABSENCE, Pratt Journal of Architecture

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opposite_houses_fly_01_highresSite Plan & Floor Plans

opposite_houses_fly_02_highresAxonometric, Section & Elevation

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pratt_journal_housethatwantstoflyFrom the Book “Form; Being; Absence – Pratt Journal of Architecture
Published by Rizzoli 1987

pratt_journal_coverFront Cover of “Form; Being; Absence – Pratt Journal of Architecture
Published by Rizzoli 1987