Ryszard Litwiniuk Etalon

Place: Gdańsk City Gallery 1, Piwna street 27/29
Opening: 8th of December, 6:00 P.M.
Exhibion: 8th of December 2017 - 21st of January 2018
Artist: Ryszard Litwiniuk
Curator: Grażyna Tomaszewska - Sobko

Etalon, derived from the domain of Maths, depicts a point of reference in establishing units of measure. Gdańsk constitutes such a point for Ryszart Litwiniuk’s creation. It is where he studied sculpture and later lived and worked as an artist until, in the mid-90s, he made a decision to leave for Canada. And after many years spent abroad and numerous exhibitions worldwide: in Switzerland, South Korea, Germany, Argentina, Finland, India and Cyprus to name just some, the artist returns to Gdańsk to find a point of departure for his whole oeuvre. 

However varied the materials used by Litwiniuk in his  works are, they are always close to nature. And although wood remains his basic material, he used to make use of such means as snow, ice, water, grass, germinating seeds and soil. Wood itself is full of meanings and symbols. It obviously stands for life-giving power and endurance spanning in time. In his most recent works, the artist, in the process of revealing still thinier and thinier structures of growth rings, evokes the notion of infinity. The large scale of the objects results in extraordinary poignancy, which can be also attributed to the apparent simplicity: the focus on the material aspect of the solid and unmasked trace of the carving tools.

The show of Ryszard Litwiniuk’s sculpture is the next showcase of the Logos – Bios cycle that gathers those sculptors whose work represent the search and confrontation of culture and nature: the domain of chaos referring to biology and logos, associated with order, human intervention and symbolic oppression.

Ryszard Litwiniuk was born in 1966 in Olsztyn, in Poland.

He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Deals with sculpture, drawing, print making and installation. Ryszard Litwiniuk's sculptures can be found in collections across Europe, Canada and Argentina. His awards include the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant , NY (1994), Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship (1999), Special Prize of Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, first prize in Flur-2001 in Vogtlandisches Holzbildhauer Symposium, Germany and support from both the Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council. The Open Concept project is a unique way of transforming geometric elements into organic abstract objects infusing volume and exposing the molecular content and architectural structure hidden within the raw natural materials. The surgical precision of the physical intervention into the living matter, uncovers the invisible inner structure and excavates the value which lays hidden inside. Concentric geometric shapes are drawn from their embryo of the originally solid form expanding the capacity, releasing inner energy and breathing new life into the sculptures. These geometrical forms emerge from the same mathematical equations becoming a part of the infinite process of creation.
Nature constantly multiplies and recreates biological form...from the same molecular origins emerge thousands of species full of vital energy and infinite individuality.