Rick Paul

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

Rick Paul’s “Construction III” in the Contemporary Arts Center’s three-part “Constructions” series is titled Kepler’s Dreams Come True. But it looks more like a contemporary version of the Heavenly Jerusalem than a commentary on Renaissance astronomical theory, and it is intended to evoke multiple interpretations.

Kepler’s solids were simply a starting point, according to the artist. Actually the initial impetus for the piece was a gallery crowned by a skylit dome, next to the gallery where the construction was exhibited. Johannes Kepler’s forms were incorporated a bit later, along with architectural motifs; all were used by Paul to generate further images. The piece is a hard-edged, pristine, almost white, three-dimensional composite of a variety of architectural forms and geometric solids—temples, domes, towers, a tent, circles, ellipses, squares, and pentagons, touching and growing out

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