Trained with an arsenal of classic techniques, artist Cyril Lixenberg explored art with the materials offered by modern society: enamel panels, Corten steel, and silk screen prints. In his work, Lixenberg's primary concern is exploring the dimensionality of shapes and how they interact. Color becomes an extra dimension, an uncomplicated emphasis on his eloquent use of shape. The work is the product of two vacillating tendencies: one of mental abstraction and the attempt to give it solid form and the other from the perception of the materials being used. The result is an object or image that does not represent anything concrete but is an aesthetic reflection of material, process, and creative mental engagement. The Grand Valley community is mourning the death of artist and longtime university supporter Cyril Lixenberg. The artist died January 11 at age 82 in his Amsterdam home with his daughter, Dana, and son, Onno, by his side after suffering from prostate cancer.