Robert Tiemann

By Roy Slade, President, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Summer 1984

The manipulation of surfaces is…evident in the work of Robert Tiemann, but here one sees an articulation of complexity based upon modules and themes. The monochromatic color is enriched by stripe variations of surface. The feeling that one is looking at the object is evident for there is a sculptural inference to the work. The rich variations of textural surface and subtleties of reflection add to the presence of these works. Obviously, the artist has the ability to manipulate and orchestrate surface and shape.

The works…show the pure pleasure of abstract art in creating objects which stimulate and enrich the viewer and environment. To see these works is a confirmation not only of the abilities and achievements of the artists but the endless possibilities inherent and evident within abstract art.