Clark Richert was inspired by mathematical patterning in the early 1960s when he came across the efficient geometry and humanitarian ideals of Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome. With a belief that pattern recognition is at the core of human understanding Richert began exploring new patterns in his paintings. He applied his discoveries in the construction of the famed art commune Drop City in southern Colorado, which he co-founded in 1965.
Richert, while intuitively observing shadows cast by three-dimensional forms, found that one such structure - the rhombic tricontahedron - when placed under sunlight casts a shadow in the form of a two dimensional pattern made from tiling a pair of differently shaped diamonds. He noted that this pattern tiled across a plane never repeated itself. The discovery broke with a long held rule that five-fold symmetry was strictly impossible for any two dimensional packing of shapes. This so-called forbidden symmetry became the main subject for most of Richert’s paintings.
Richert's first lithograph, Entanglement, continues his interest in rhombic tricontahedron patterns. Entanglement is an eight color lithograph from eight plates made from mylars hand painted/drawn by the artist. It has been printed in an edition of 30, plus proofs on white Rives BFK 31¾ x 31¾". The publication price is $2,000.