Eli Bornstein, installation views of “An Art at the Mercy of Light” at Mendel Art Gallery, 2013..

Eli Bornstein

Saskatoon and Winnipeg, Canada

Mendel Art Gallery and the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba

Perception lies at the heart of Eli Bornstein’s 60-year career, spent in unwavering fidelity to the trinity of color, light, and structure. His recent show, “An Art at the Mercy of Light,” featured 21 wall-hung reliefs and freestanding constructions dating from the late 1980s through 2013. Both types of work are titled with reference to the number of zigzagging primary planes incorporated into their geometric compositions: “multiplane,” “quadriplane,” “hexaplane.” This thematic continuity was echoed by the experience of the exhibition, which was less about individual objects than uninterrupted singularity. Bornstein’s (mostly) horizontal reliefs, similar in height but varying noticeably in length, surrounded the viewer.…see the entire review in the print version of October’s Sculpture magazine.