Stephen Talasnik

Biography

Stephen Talasnik was born in 1954 in Philadelphia, where his early interest in architecture and engineering was nurtured by the bridges, tunnels, and sports stadiums of his old neighborhood. Seduced by the aesthetics of the fantastic, Talasnik taught himself to draw by copying the intricate blue prints of Frank Lloyd Wright.  In the 1960's, he was intrigued by early black and white transmissions of the space program shown on television and became a passionate consumer of the documentary photography that illustrated Look and Life magazines; the major weekly periodicals of the day.

Talasnik is particularly interested in the process of invention.  Depicting a "fictional engineering," he relies on his own intuitive math to create intricate structures rather than computer drafting programs; he seeks to pay homage to the history of building and transportation.  Primarily intrigued with structures defying gravity, he invents, through drawing and sculpture, engineering infused with curiosity for the otherworldly.

Currently living and working in New York City, Stephen Talasnik's drawings and sculpture are in major international collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Albertina in Vienna; the British Museum, London, England; the Brooklyn Museum; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, Canada; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, MA.; Kupferestichkabinett Sammlung der Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik, Berlin, Germany; New School University, New York, NY; Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, RI.; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA.; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and National Museum of American Art Smithsonian in Washington DC.