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"Ryszard Litwiniuk: Structures"
2002-05-30 until 2002-09-15
Art Gallery of Mississauga
On May 30th the Art Gallery of Mississauga will open an exciting exhibit of sculptures by Mississauga Artist, Ryszard Litwiniuk. These works were created specifically for the Sculpture Court, adjacent to the Gallery in the Civic Centre. These large wooden structures stand in contrast to the cement and brick of the City building. "The most important elements of my work are mass, space and movement. The possibility of motion and change is my main interest, as well as its connection to the notion of touch. My works focus on the transformation and transition of forms from geometric into organic abstract objects." - Ryszard Litwiniuk
The transformation that Litwiniuk refers to is exemplified in the dynamic wooden structures he creates from blocks or stumps of wood. He has breathed new life into the wood by cutting the centre free from it's natural restraints and allowing it to expand outward with a renewed growth. Ryszard has indeed reached inside the dormant nature of the wood to it's heart. The telescoping wooden arches have been liberated.
"My way of working in wood is to help the wood to be open. I am exploring this material as a natural tissue, and a source of energy. I want to uncover something important that is hidden inside.
Our perception gives us the opportunity to see only the exterior surface - nothing else. I want to open and see the value which we are not able to see. I am trying to reach the source, to the heart. The truth is always inside, creative and powerful, with its potential energy, mathematical rules and possibilities of transformation."
Ryszard Litwiniuk was born and educated in Poland, graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk in 1992. He emigrated to Canada in the late 90s and currently lives and works in Mississauga. His sculptures have been shown in exhibitions and international symposiums in France, Germany, Ukraine, Denmark, Poland, Sweden, Italy, Argentina, Spain, Canada and the U.S.A.. He has received a number of awards including a fellowship award from the Vermont Studio Centre in 1999, a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc. in New York in 1994, and Special Prize from the Fondo National de las Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2000.
The artist will give a talk and slide presentation on his work at the Gallery on Thursday, June 13 at 7 p.m.