Eli Bornstein (1922 –)
STRUCTURIST RELIEF #1-I
Oil, Aluminum and Plexiglas
99.1 x 73.7 x 17.1 centimeters, 39 x 29 x 6 ¾ inches
Signed, titled and dated verso.
Kazimir Gallery, Chicago
Momentum Fine Arts, Minneapolis
Forum Gallery, New York
Seventh Biennial of Canadian Painting, 1968. July 5, 1968 – September 1, 1968, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, #126.
Eli Bornstein : Selected Works, 1957-1982, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, 1982, #41.
Circulating: Art Gallery of York University, Toronto; Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, Charlottetown; Owens Art Gallery of Mount Allison University, Sackville; Fine Art Gallery of University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Eli Bornstein, Forum Gallery, New York, October 10 – November 24, 2007.
THE STRUCTURIST: Issue #6, 1966, illustrated on cover and p. 2 & 4.
Seventh Biennial of Canadian Painting, exhibition catalogue, 1968. National Gallery of Canada, p. 62-63, illustrated.
Eli Bornstein, Selected Works, 1957-1982, exhibition catalogue, Mendel Art Gallery, 1982, p. 47 and illustrated p. 21.
Biography : Eli Bornstein was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1922. His formal training as an artist began in 1941 when he attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1945. In 1951 and 1952 he spent his summer breaks studying in Paris, first at the Academie Montmartre of Fernand Leger and later at the Academie Julian. He travelled throughout Europe during 1957 and was inspired by the contemporary art he encountered, as well as bt the works of European Masters.
Bornstein’s teaching career began in 1943 at the Milwaukee School of Art (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) where he taught until 1947. In 1949 he accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin where he taught until 1950 when he accepted the position of Head of the Art Department at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he taught drawing, painting, sculpture, design, and graphics. He served as Head of the Art Department for twenty-one years and following that concentrated on his teaching until his retirement in 1990. His forty-year teaching career at the University of Saskatchewan positioned him in a creative environment and allowed him the freedom to follow his own course as an artist.
Dr. Bornstein is best known for the three-dimensional structurist reliefs which explore the interaction of forms and colours in space and light. His trademark medium is a synthesis of painting and sculpture. His previous drawings, painting, prints and sculptures used impressionist, cubist and abstract techniques. His work reflects his interests in both natural and built environments.
Bornstein is known for his large public works, including Tree of Knowledge, a 15-foot high aluminium construction for the Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation. His commissions include Structurist Relief in Fifteen Parts, an abstract construction for the Winnipeg Airport; a four-part vertical construction for Regina’s Wascana Centre Authority; Hexaplane Structurist Relief No. 3 for the Canadian Light Source building at the University of Saskatchewan; Hexaplane Structurist Construction No. 1 for Jacobs University Bremen, Germany; and Hexaplane Structurist Construction No. 2 for the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.
Bornstein is held in high regard in the Saskatoon art community for his art-making, teaching and writing. In 1964 he had the first one-man exhibition at the newly-opened Mendel Art Gallery. He is represented in numerous public and private collections. They include the National Gallery of Canada, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Milwaukee Art Center, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Quebec. In 2007, an exhibit of 25 of Bornstein’s works was presented by the Forum Gallery in New York. His work has been shown in solo and group shows in Canada, the United States and Europe.
In 1960, Bornstein founded the international art journal The Structurist that is distributed in over 35 countries. The Structurist deals with light, colour, space, transparency and structure in art and architecture and their relation to literature, music, science, technology and the environment.