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"Both mathematics and painting, especially non-representational painting, invoke a mysterious language that, at times, seems only comprehensible to the initiated. If this is true, then Michael Schultheis is one of the initiated who uses his expertise to combine the esoteric elements of both disciplines, creating images that are as approachable and personal as they are unique. In his work, the languages of art and math offer insight into one another. The tactile and layered surfaces of Schultheis’s paintings invite viewers to consider the archeological nature of the work, where the languages of artistic and mathematical traditions are buried."
-JD Talasek, Director of Exhibitions and Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences, from his essay.
Catalog published concurrently with the exhibition Cycloids at the Keck Center, the National Academies, Washington, D.C., May-October 2005 and the Rotunda Gallery, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., November 2005 - February 2006.