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Item Name: Sculpture
Title: Structure
Maker: Ronald Kostyniuk
Year: 1970
Country: Canadian
Materials: machined aluminum
Measurements: overall: 45 cm x 39.25 cm x 21.5 cm
ID Number: PC2008.11
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: This geometric sculpture machined out of aluminum is an early work by Saskatchewan born artist Ron Kostyniuk, and reflects his study of early 20th Century abstract movements Constructivism and Structurism. 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”; reflecting the patterns in nature instead of portraying a naturalistic representation. Ronald Kostyniuk (1941 - ) was born in Wakaw, Saskatchewan to a Ukrainian-Canadian family, and began his career as a high school biology teacher. Kostyniuk earned a BA in Biology and a BEd from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (1963); BFA, University of Alberta, Edmonton (1969); MSc (1970) and an MFA (1971), University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI USA. Kostyniuk began teaching as a professor at the University of Calgary in 1971, and is now Emeritus, retired and living in Calgary. Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 1975, 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, Museum of Modern Art (Germany).