the 3D works

These Paintings in Three Dimensions are physical works. Brush strokes float on separated parallel sheets of transparent acrylic to fill space with visual events. The pieces are non-objective and devoid of narrative content, straddling the middle ground between image and object, painting and sculpture.

Layering painted-on transparent sheets to fill a volume was the subject of Mlyniec's first show in 1985. Those early fragile, temporary works consisted of acrylic on flexible polyvinyl. The artist has explored the medium for nearly three decades, only recently turning his attention to solving its archival shortcomings. The new work is painted digitally on a tablet PC. Layers are printed on successive sheets of rigid acrylic, a one-of-a-kind process perfected by the artist and the printer manufacturer. The pieces are then sealed in acrylic boxes to protect them from dust and moisture. The new process has led unexpectedly to a much looser, unpremeditated, and expansive body of work than was possible with physical paint on plastic.

the 2D works

The two-dimensional works are flattened versions of the 3D pieces printed on paper. A unique synergy links and informs the creation of both forms. Working digitally in layers on a 2D tablet to create a 3D work requires deep consideration of what is spatially possible between the layered brush strokes, affecting their placement, color, form and opacity.


Because the pieces, even the 3D ones, are prints, they may be made in virtually any size from 14x16x4” table pieces to 48x64x24” freestanding or wall-hung large-scale pieces.