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Mark Reynolds

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June, 2015
Mark Reynolds
The New Yorker

When a Greek mathematician discovered that the square root of two was irrational, his fellow-Pythagoreans threw him into the sea (so the story goes). If only those philosophers could see the exquisite drawings of this San Francisco-based artist, who, armed with straightedge and compass, transmutes the mysteries of geometry into dense meshes of colored lines, alive with spiritual intensity. The drawings are marvels of harmony, their beauty compounded by Reynolds’s subtle pastel shading. In the margin of one thicket of rectangles, the artist has scribbled a note that would make a Pythagorean proud: “There is always order. The trick is to find it sometimes.”... Read More


June 3, 2015

Mark Reynolds is not a New Yorker in any domestic sense of the word. He holds tenure as a geometry and philosophy professor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He also makes art and shows in a number of galleries on the two U.S. coasts. His first show in Brooklyn—at the Pierogi Gallery in 2013—made him something of an honorary citizen... Read More

September 4, 2014
Mark Reynolds: Rational Art about Irrational Numbers
by Barbara A. MacAdam

It’s an adorable subject for me,” Mark Reynolds says about geometry. “It has a consciousness. It’s not dry; it’s musical, poetic, and speculative.” The San Francisco–based artist is known for his obsessive, seductive drawings that derive primarily from mathematical relations, expressed, as he describes it, in “shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space.”... Read More


May, 2013
Mark Reynolds. Compositions
Wall Street International

Since his days in art school, Reynolds was committed to drawing and visually constructing geometries, enough to make this his life’s work. Although he has great respect for and is aware that his work has elements of Geometric Abstraction, Hard-edge painting, Minimalism, and other similar methods of drawing and painting, his work is more involved with the origins of geometry, how geometry works, especially with the human mind, how it builds things, and how it orders space and records the development of an infinite variety of choices and structures because of the ratios and relationships inherent in the system of geometric forms.... Read More

August 9, 2013
Mark Reynolds
The Viewing Program
Elizabeth Gambal

Curatorial Intern Elizabeth Gambal talks with California-based artist Mark Reynolds about the mathematical processes behind his drawings.... Read More

June, 2013
June 2013: Mark Reynolds @ Pierogi
White Hot Magazine
Dan Fishman

With each new drawing Mark Reynolds envisions new sublime geometries. He explores the possibilities of complicated shapes derived from simple, age-old, ratios. It’s an endeavor that’s both mathematical and artistic. He’s been working with this method of drawing for over thirty years and he knows the world of buzzing squares and circles as comfortably as most of us know our bed boards and doorknobs... Read More

June, 2013
Mark Reynolds “Compositions”
New York Art Beat

These drawings are passionately developed and result from many years of investigation into geometry. Reynolds describes drawing the various systems of geometric structures he works with as exciting, meditative, exhilarating, and humbling... Read More