Born in Waterloo, Iowa; lives in Willard, New Mexico.
Arends did his second residency at Tamarind Institute in March of 2014 and created five lithographs. Although Arends lives in Willard, New Mexico, his presence is international. Works by Arends can be found in permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berlingieri Collection, Italy; Kramarsky Collection, New York; Microsoft Corporation; Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano, Switzerland; Palazzo delle Albere, Italy; and The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Arends’s work reflects his concern with the physicality of the materials he uses to create his images, abstractions in which the marks become the subject matter. Color shifts, sometimes subtle and sometimes not, as well as fluid lines and rich surfaces that contrast with hard edges, produce a seductive elegance in the lithographs, including a three-dimensional piece, that Arends created in his collaborations with Tamarind printers.
Unfolded (2013), a three-dimensional lithograph, consists of a printed sheet of paper adhered to a hand-cut, three-dimensional wooden substrate. Arends was inspired by his “Unfolded” series of paintings, in which he experimented with painting on unfolded cardboard boxes. Arend’s abstractions — ‘painting as subject matter’ — fluctuate constantly with the shifting of the light throughout the day, creating different effects.