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Geometry is a universal language. Long before contemporary movements, the use of geometry in art and culture has a rich history that reaches far back into Africa and the global south. Patterns, shapes, and their mathematics have long been used to depict local, deeply embodied stories of the sacred and profane dimensions of community life. Every place and time has its own logic of relation, connection, and interaction which determine the quality of our environments and lives. Using these same tools, geometric abstraction still has the ability to interrogate how modern forms—and therefore we—interact and achieve balance.

 

Wendell Supreme Shannon’s geometric abstractions reveal timeless interconnected life saturated with optimism and freedom. Vibrant color blocking and linework provide structure for energetic, illusory patterns. By overcoming a health crisis with two steady hands, each piece’s precise, methodical work captures his own relentless positivity and adaptability. As a traveling artist, he garnered national recognition before entering formal training at MICA in Baltimore, MD, where he currently resides, leading and inspiring his home community while advancing various artistic pursuits.

 

With memories of bedspreads and neighborhood streetscapes, Wendell’s work bloomed as a contemporary fractal of his African ancestry into Power of Absence (2015). Since this work, each piece is guided by the same operating principles (Fifty-One Percent (2016), Diversity (2016), Dimensions (2020), Options (2021), Compartmentalize (2023)). As a result, the visual vocabulary carries deep wisdom for navigating contemporary life without stagnation. Like the constant overlap in our modern streetscapes and internet channels, each intersection is governed by simple, discreet relationships to neighboring forms. This process creates harmony with neither division nor duplication. Whereas geometric abstraction of the past depicted stable, delineated utopias, Wendell’s work champions vivid optimism for dynamic, but free, communities of the future.

 

His approach to life echoes the visual logic of his work: good structures liberate, not imprison. With this philosophy, Wendell’s art continues making impacts fractally beyond the canvas. Community projects, public speaking, children’s books, and international design campaigns translate the positivity of his visual language into everyday action. Passion (2016) appears in fashion, while Power of Absence (and its mathematical logic) continues appearing on public surfaces. Behind the scenes, Wendell applies the same consistency, adaptation, and determination to everyday life. As a muralist, he directs publicly and privately commissioned works as community-building projects by inspiring creatives and volunteers to practice his visual vocabulary. As a creative business person, he teaches and leads programming for nonprofits and schools, encouraging creative approaches to art applied to business (and vice versa).

 

Dynamically, the scale of his work continues evolving alongside its visual style. Inspired by the ambition and passion of those who have poured into him, his work honors their memory and ancestry by claiming the power to continually build new opportunities into great achievements.

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