Richard Anuszkiewicz, a pioneering practitioner of Op Art in the United States before that perception-altering style was even given a name in the 1960s, died on May 19 at his home in Englewood, N.J. He was 89. Anyone’s who’s seen my geometric abstract works has seen the undeniable influence that Anuszkiewicz has had on my work. His pioneering work that combined mathematics with color composition into a sublime style that was both complex and simple, enigmatic and solvable. When I began making art primarily in a digital medium, I found that I could emulate his style, and use it to springboard into new areas of expression. For the month of June, Monday Morning Art will feature new works by me, inspired by the work of Richard Anuszkiewicz.

Today’s piece is untitled. It combines a twirled radial background with a spherical mandala design, and radiating linear gradients at four intersecting spokes of the underlying spiral. It’s as much math as it is art. Or perhaps it’s simply a nice combination of the two practices.

You can click the top image if you want to see it even larger than that.

Meanwhile, Monday on The AIR, we have a marathon of Beatles Blast that runs from 7 AM to 7 PM. June 1 is unoffically “Sgt. Pepper’s Day,” because I said so, and in this marathon you will hear eight episodes of Beatles Blast that have a high Pepper content. You’ll hear three complete covers of the album, along with additional covers and tons of studio outtakes by the Fab Four themselves. Then at 3 PM, we are eagerly anticipating a new episode of Prognosis, presented by Herman Linte, and slapping you upside the head with two hours of progressive rock. This week Herman presents a tribute to the late Florian Schneider with a two-hour mixtape presentation of the music of his band, Kraftwerk.

You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…