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Item Name: Mixed Media
Title: Crystal in Landscape Series
Maker: Ronald Kostyniuk
Year: 1984
Country: Canadian
Materials: spray enamel on mixed substrate
Measurements: overall: 91.4 cm x 91 cm x 10.2 cm
ID Number: PC2008.9
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: This geometric sculpture is a work by Saskatchewan born artist Ron Kostyniuk. Educated in both science and art, Ron’s works displays his love for biology, color, geometric shapes, and his prairies home. This piece also reflects his study of early 20th Century abstract movements such as Constructivism and Structurism, which focused on architectural design theories. At the University of Saskatchewan, Kostyniuk became interested in the writings of the American painter and sculptor Charles Biederman, whose analytical approach to art struck a chord with Kostyniuk's own scientific background. Kostyniuk describes his method of working as making “visual analogies to nature’s created forms”; imitating the patterns occurring in nature instead of portraying a naturalistic representation. Ronald Kostyniuk (1941 - ) was born in Wakaw, Saskatchewan. Kostyniuk earned a BA in Biology and a BEd from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (1963); a BFA from the University of Alberta, Edmonton (1969); an MSc (1970) and an MFA (1971) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA. In Saskatoon, Kostyniuk became inspired by the writings of the American artist Charles Biederman, whose analytical approach to art struck a chord with Kostyniuk's scientific background and inspired him to develop art based on the patterns in nature. He is retired from the University of Calgary and lives in Calgary. He has exhibited internationally, and his work is represented in numerous collections including the Institute of Modern Art (Chicago), Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Winnipeg Art Gallery, and Museum of Modern Art (Germany).