Andrea Way's art just doesn't grow stale. Rather, the more you look at the longtime Washingtonian's abstractions (now on view in a handsome 30-year retrospective at the American University Museum and opening soon at Curator's Office), the more you'll see in them.

Typically alternating between a basic pattern of grids, spirals and concentric circles, Way paints and draws using a combination of arbitrary rules and, occasionally, rule-breaking. Her compositions, which can resemble byzantine celestial maps or cellular structures blown up like balloons, mesmerize. That's as much a result of their magic as of their mathematical underpinnings.

Read my full review, and check out a selection of images from the exhibition in the gallery above.