David Reimann

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Albion College
Albion, Michigan

I am interested in creating patterns that convey messages at multiple levels and scales using a wide variety of mathematical elements and media. I enjoy creating art that uses text to form geometric patterns and geometric patterns that form text. I am also very interested in using tessellations and other modular forms as the basis of interesting 2D patterns and 3D shapes.

Walnut Star
38 x 38 x 38 cm
Walnut veneer and brass fasteners

This form is based on the small rhombicosidodecahedron, an Archimedean solid with 120 edges. The underlying polyhedral edges have been replaced by 4.75 cm squares made from laser-cut paper-backed walnut veneer and connected at their corners with brass split-pin fasteners. The 62 faces (squares, hexagons, and pentagons) and 60 vertices of the underlying polyhedron are transformed into open negative space. The expansion of linear edges into squares results in a sphere-like shape with 20 knobs.

50 x 50 cm
Digital Print

The artwork depicts 10000 yellow paths emanating from five equidistant starting points. Each path flows away from a starting point and terminates with its endpoint tangent with a ray from the center.