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Item Name: Mixed Media
Title: K.K.K.
Maker: Russell Yuristy
Year: 1968
Country: Canadian
Materials: mixed media
Measurements: in frame: 35 cm x 41.3 cm; work: 25.4 cm x 31 cm
ID Number: ART 013
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: This mixed-media drawing by Russell Yuristy is an example of his playful approach to artmaking, combining image transfer with energetic drawing marks and repeating images. The thoughtful looking woman pictured is very reminiscent of the French actress, Catherine Deneuve. Yuristy likely used a magazine image to transfer the image three times, each successive transfer appearing lighter. The repeated shapes at the top of this drawing look like a reversed capital letter “K”, much like the letter from the Kellogs cereal box logo, placed backwards and used like a stencil. Yuristy’s repetition of the face and shapes is similar to another artist’s work in this time period. Michael Snow’s pop art series “Walking Woman” (1961-67), similarly uses a simple silhouette shape in a repetitive format. Yuristy’s many artworks, including drawings, sculptures, and playground equipment, is quite diverse, inventive and experimental, demonstrating the range of exploration that defined this period in art history. Russell Yuristy (1936- ) was born in Goodeve, Saskatchewan. He graduated with a degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Saskatchewan (1959) before studying art at the University of Wisconsin (1967). Yuristy was part of a group of artists inspired by the irreverent humour of the Funk Art movement brought to Regina by ceramicist David Gilhooly in the 1970’s. After teaching art in Regina and coordinating workshops at Emma Lake, Yuristy moved to Stilton, Saskatchewan and began designing and constructing large playground structures. Yuristy’s playful designs defined many iconic spaces in the prairies, such as the red and white striped climbing “trees” in Regina’s Candy Cane Park, and the metal elephant Rusty on the north side of RPL Central Library. Although his sculptural play-spaces have been replaced as parks get updated, his approach was part of a revolution in public design. Today, Yuristy is known as a printmaker, painter and teacher whose works are based on the land and animal life around him. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and is held in the numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern, and the Canada Council Art Bank.