Every year, galaMODERN will honour a Saskatchewan artist who has made a significant contribution to the provincial and Canadian arts ecology. For our first gala evening, we have chosen Eli Bornstein.
At 96, Bornstein is still creating new work. He has played an important role at both Remai Modern and its predecessor, the Mendel Art Gallery. He was the first artist featured in a solo exhibition at the Mendel in the 1960s and, in 2017, his work Quadraplane Structurist Relief, No. 15 II, was part of the Remai Modern’s inaugural exhibition Field Guide. Bornstein donated the piece to the museum’s collection.
Bornstein is best known for his structurist reliefs, rooted in a tradition of early 20th-century geometric abstraction. Bornstein encourages viewers to slow down in order to experience the subtle nuances of colour as it responds to the light around it, and the individual forms as they shift as the viewer’s position changes.
Image Credit: Eli Bornstein, Multiplane Structurist Relief V, No. 1, 1993, acrylic enamel on aluminum and plexiglass, 86.5 x 61.1 x 3.1 cm. The Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern. Gift of Dorothea Larsen Adaskin 2004.