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"In each piece, I strive to manifest phenomena unique to the interaction between the physical medium and the logical structure. The work requires dedicated research to begin and execute, and invariably reveals both answers and further questions. In this way, the paintings and drawings form a body of visual research for abstract ideas often confined to the ethereal." - Owen Schuh

Owen Schuh's work illuminates the entwined relationships between embodied mind, mathematics, and the physical world. His paintings are structured with mathematical functions, data sets and iterations, which though relatively simple in nature, often yield outcomes of surprising organic complexity and depth.

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For Branchings and Configurations, Owen Schuh curated a selection of his work from a number of series made within the last five years, that collectively demonstrate a broad range of the mathematical disciplines and aesthetics he works with.

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The newest work included in this exhibition takes a slightly different approach to the relation between the mathematical abstracts and their respective representations.

  

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"I create this work by hand using pencils, paint, a compass and, at most, the aid of a pocket calculator. The importance of this work, for me, lies beyond creating clever algorithms, or beautiful images. It is about understanding the nature and limits of our physical and mental worlds."

 

- Owen Schuh

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"In each piece, I strive to manifest phenomena unique to the interaction between the physical medium and the logical structure. The work requires dedicated research to begin and execute, and invariably reveals both answers and further questions. In this way, the paintings and drawings form a body of visual research for abstract ideas often confined to the ethereal." - Owen Schuh

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Owen Schuh earned his BA in fine art and philosophy in 2004 from Haverford College, Philadelphia, PA. In 2007, he received his Masters of Fine Art from The Tyler School of Art, also in Philadelphia, and completed his final year of study in Rome, Italy. He has exhibited in Germany, Italy, and throughout the United States, and has lectured on his work and algorithmic art practice in academic and exhibition settings. His work is included in the collection of the Kupferstichkabinett of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, as well as private collections. In 2015 Schuh participated in a major collaboration with the mathematician Satyan Devadoss, which significantly shifted the artist’s studio focus in recent years. His work has been recently featured in Leonardo, and the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts.  He currently resides in Southeast Vermont. Owen Schuh is represented by Silas von Morisse Gallery in New York.

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Installation view, Owen Schuh exhibition

In my work,  I strive to manifest phenomena unique to the interaction between the physical medium and the logical structure. Through research and experimentation I choose mathematical functions that model the interactions and structure of living systems. Cellular Automata, circle packing, fractals and other topics in discrete mathematics form the basis of my work. 

In the end the painting is really only the physical trace of this activity – a shell left behind on the beach. 

 - Owen Schuh 

 

 

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OWEN SCHUH

Iteration in Red, 2021

graphite, watercolor, gold and silver leaf on paper

16.93h x 21.06w in
43h x 53.50w cm

OS144

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OWEN SCHUH

unfolding a cube, 2018 Oct

oil and graphite on panel

70.87h x 106.30w x 2d in
180h x 270w x 5.08d cm

OS125

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OWEN SCHUH

Folding a line into six segments, #1, 2020

Graphite on paper

13.58h x 14.57w in
34.50h x 37w cm

OS145

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OWEN SCHUH

Folding a Five Segmented Line, 2020

Graphite and watercolor on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS143

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OWEN SCHUH

Compound Eye, 2019

Silverpoint, Graphite, gold leaf and oil on panel

21.26h x 21.26w x 2d in
54h x 54w x 5.08d cm

OS139

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OWEN SCHUH

Watershed, 2019

oil, graphite, 23k gold leaf, tusche, ink on panel

42.52h x 50.39w x 2d in
108h x 128w x 5.08d cm

OS140

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OWEN SCHUH

Branching Study (for Watershed), 2019

watercolor, graphite and colored pencil on paper

18h x 18w in
45.72h x 45.72w cm

OS141

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OWEN SCHUH

cut 4 and 5 (unfolding a cube), 2018

Gesso, oil paint and graphite on linen mounted on wood panel made of birch plywood with spruce

23.62h x 23.62w x 1.75d in
60h x 60w x 4.45d cm

OS121

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OWEN SCHUH

Diatom Study (Emergent Fissures), 2018 March

Silverpoint and Acrylic on Paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS118

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OWEN SCHUH

Diatom Study Blue, 2018 April

graphite, colored pencil, silverpoint on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS124

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OWEN SCHUH

Study for unfolding a cube: 3 and 4 cuts, 2018

watercolor and graphite on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS123

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OWEN SCHUH

3-Cube 6-Cuts, 2017

Oil, Graphite, Silverpoint, Gold, Copper and Silver Leaf, on Linen on Panel

42.52h x 42.52w in
108h x 108w cm

OS102

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OWEN SCHUH

Oxidation (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS041

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OWEN SCHUH

Tubipora Musica (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS042

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OWEN SCHUH

Phase Change (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS043

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OWEN SCHUH

Iteration in Red, 2021

graphite, watercolor, gold and silver leaf on paper

16.93h x 21.06w in
43h x 53.50w cm

OS144

OWEN SCHUH

unfolding a cube, 2018 Oct

oil and graphite on panel

70.87h x 106.30w x 2d in
180h x 270w x 5.08d cm

OS125

OWEN SCHUH

Folding a line into six segments, #1, 2020

Graphite on paper

13.58h x 14.57w in
34.50h x 37w cm

OS145

OWEN SCHUH

Folding a Five Segmented Line, 2020

Graphite and watercolor on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS143

OWEN SCHUH

Compound Eye, 2019

Silverpoint, Graphite, gold leaf and oil on panel

21.26h x 21.26w x 2d in
54h x 54w x 5.08d cm

OS139

OWEN SCHUH

Watershed, 2019

oil, graphite, 23k gold leaf, tusche, ink on panel

42.52h x 50.39w x 2d in
108h x 128w x 5.08d cm

OS140

OWEN SCHUH

Branching Study (for Watershed), 2019

watercolor, graphite and colored pencil on paper

18h x 18w in
45.72h x 45.72w cm

OS141

OWEN SCHUH

cut 4 and 5 (unfolding a cube), 2018

Gesso, oil paint and graphite on linen mounted on wood panel made of birch plywood with spruce

23.62h x 23.62w x 1.75d in
60h x 60w x 4.45d cm

OS121

OWEN SCHUH

Diatom Study (Emergent Fissures), 2018 March

Silverpoint and Acrylic on Paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS118

OWEN SCHUH

Diatom Study Blue, 2018 April

graphite, colored pencil, silverpoint on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS124

OWEN SCHUH

Study for unfolding a cube: 3 and 4 cuts, 2018

watercolor and graphite on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS123

OWEN SCHUH

3-Cube 6-Cuts, 2017

Oil, Graphite, Silverpoint, Gold, Copper and Silver Leaf, on Linen on Panel

42.52h x 42.52w in
108h x 108w cm

OS102

OWEN SCHUH

Oxidation (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS041

OWEN SCHUH

Tubipora Musica (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS042

OWEN SCHUH

Phase Change (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS043

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OWEN SCHUH

3-Cube 6-Cuts, 2017

Oil, Graphite, Silverpoint, Gold, Copper and Silver Leaf, on Linen on Panel

42.52h x 42.52w in
108h x 108w cm

OS102

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Diatom Study (Emergent Fissures), 2018 March

Silverpoint and Acrylic on Paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS118

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Study for unfolding a cube: 3 and 4 cuts, 2018

watercolor and graphite on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS123

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Diatom Study Blue, 2018 April

graphite, colored pencil, silverpoint on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS124

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Folding a Five Segmented Line, 2020

Graphite and watercolor on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS143

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Iteration in Red, 2021

graphite, watercolor, gold and silver leaf on paper

16.93h x 21.06w in
43h x 53.50w cm

OS144

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Folding a line into six segments, #1, 2020

Graphite on paper

13.58h x 14.57w in
34.50h x 37w cm

OS145

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Watershed, 2019

oil, graphite, 23k gold leaf, tusche, ink on panel

42.52h x 50.39w x 2d in
108h x 128w x 5.08d cm

OS140

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Compound Eye, 2019

Silverpoint, Graphite, gold leaf and oil on panel

21.26h x 21.26w x 2d in
54h x 54w x 5.08d cm

OS139

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Branching Study (for Watershed), 2019

watercolor, graphite and colored pencil on paper

18h x 18w in
45.72h x 45.72w cm

OS141

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

unfolding a cube, 2018 Oct

oil and graphite on panel

70.87h x 106.30w x 2d in
180h x 270w x 5.08d cm

OS125

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

cut 4 and 5 (unfolding a cube), 2018

Gesso, oil paint and graphite on linen mounted on wood panel made of birch plywood with spruce

23.62h x 23.62w x 1.75d in
60h x 60w x 4.45d cm

OS121

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Phase Change (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS043

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Oxidation (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS041

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

Tubipora Musica (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS042

Inquire

OWEN SCHUH

3-Cube 6-Cuts, 2017

Oil, Graphite, Silverpoint, Gold, Copper and Silver Leaf, on Linen on Panel

42.52h x 42.52w in
108h x 108w cm

OS102

OWEN SCHUH

Diatom Study (Emergent Fissures), 2018 March

Silverpoint and Acrylic on Paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS118

OWEN SCHUH

Study for unfolding a cube: 3 and 4 cuts, 2018

watercolor and graphite on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS123

OWEN SCHUH

Diatom Study Blue, 2018 April

graphite, colored pencil, silverpoint on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS124

OWEN SCHUH

Folding a Five Segmented Line, 2020

Graphite and watercolor on paper

14.17h x 14.17w in
36h x 36w cm

OS143

OWEN SCHUH

Iteration in Red, 2021

graphite, watercolor, gold and silver leaf on paper

16.93h x 21.06w in
43h x 53.50w cm

OS144

OWEN SCHUH

Folding a line into six segments, #1, 2020

Graphite on paper

13.58h x 14.57w in
34.50h x 37w cm

OS145

OWEN SCHUH

Watershed, 2019

oil, graphite, 23k gold leaf, tusche, ink on panel

42.52h x 50.39w x 2d in
108h x 128w x 5.08d cm

OS140

OWEN SCHUH

Compound Eye, 2019

Silverpoint, Graphite, gold leaf and oil on panel

21.26h x 21.26w x 2d in
54h x 54w x 5.08d cm

OS139

OWEN SCHUH

Branching Study (for Watershed), 2019

watercolor, graphite and colored pencil on paper

18h x 18w in
45.72h x 45.72w cm

OS141

OWEN SCHUH

unfolding a cube, 2018 Oct

oil and graphite on panel

70.87h x 106.30w x 2d in
180h x 270w x 5.08d cm

OS125

OWEN SCHUH

cut 4 and 5 (unfolding a cube), 2018

Gesso, oil paint and graphite on linen mounted on wood panel made of birch plywood with spruce

23.62h x 23.62w x 1.75d in
60h x 60w x 4.45d cm

OS121

OWEN SCHUH

Phase Change (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS043

OWEN SCHUH

Oxidation (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS041

OWEN SCHUH

Tubipora Musica (Cellular Automata), 2010

Oil on glass petri dish

6h x 6w x 1.25d in
15.24h x 15.24w x 3.18d cm

OS042