William Cornish is a recent addition to the Arbor Gallery within Merced’s Multicultural Arts Center.
The artist considers himself a mathematician turned rogue.
I used to be a lifelong educator who kept my mind entertained, from middle school algebra to junior college coursework. Specializes in moving hieroglyphs from one side of the equation to the other to confuse others.
“I see myself as a vague Venn diagram of MC Escher, Salvador Dalí and Thomas Edison knockoff brands,” explains Cornish. “Whether it is mad science or bad science, my work allows me to express creative aspects that have been blocked by the rigid logic and rules of mathematics.”
Cornish taught in Southern California for almost 20 years before beginning to apply science to glass and resin about five years ago, and bought a wood saw a year ago. Another artist in her Arbor gallery, Karen McComb, found Cornish selling his craft online and invited her to apply. Today, he is an artist who mixes his medium with an emphasis on wood, resin, metal and glass, pushing the limits of mathematics. His unique work can be seen at the Arbor Gallery.
The Arbor Gallery is a beautiful co-operative gallery located within the Multicultural Arts Center in downtown Merced, representing a diverse range of talented local artists. Gallery artists are well versed in a wide variety of mediums including acrylics, alcohol inks, fabrics, jewelry, metals, oils, photography, ceramics, resins and wood. The artwork in the gallery and hallways changes every other month, so there’s always something new to see. It is open to the public and admission is free. In March 2023, Arbor Gallery will host a celebration to mark his 40th anniversary.