Title: see to phi

Artist: Orest Tataryn   Exhibition year: 2008

In mathematics and the arts, two quantities are in the golden ratio if the ratio between the sum of those quantities and the larger one is the same as the ratio between the larger one and the smaller. The golden ratio is approximately 1.6180339887. Some of the greatest minds of all ages, from Pythagoras and Euclid, through the medieval Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacco, to present-day scientific figures have spent endless hours over this simple ratio. Artists, (da Vinci, Salvador Dali, Mondrian to Merz) musicians, historians, architects, psychologists, have also debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal. The Golden Ratio has inspired thinkers of all disciplines like no other number in the history of mathematics. phi is derivied from first letter in the name of Greek sculptor Phidias, to symbolize the golden ratio.
"It comes up everywhere in nature and geometric mathematics-the human body, DNA, plants, animals, solar system, stock markets, population growth, etc., etc., and has been expropriated in all sorts of human activity (art, architecture, music, theology, astrology, etc.,). When I work within the constraints of this glorious ratio, I become free".
Orest Tataryn

The medium with which I've concentrated my visual art practice over the last twenty years is coloured light, with a particular emphasis on the crafting of neon tube illumination. All other materials are of a secondary and supportive nature. One of my main directions continues to be the investigation of colour fields; or more correctly, fields of colour. Within this category I experiment with three-dimensional representations expressed in two-dimensional geometric forms. Space ends up being divided by the separations in different colours. Sometimes these are subtle pastels and at other times they are disharmonic, bold primaries. Dan Flavin and James Turrell offer particular influence and inspiration to my work. The current focus is in the expression of my intoxication with the wilderness and silence of the desert. I feel my work straddles the design discipline in considering the importance of the quality of fit and finish and art world's approach to meaning and vantage point. The beauty of simplicity is paramount.