Artist Resume

Artist Statement


My first paintings from the early nineteen seventies, inspired by music, were images visualized in the music. It was soon after that my synesthesia moved toward a more empirical path by creating a visual language for aural experiences. My interest in correlating experience through language spawned my desire to study mathematics and physics. I am currently pursuing my interest in using mathematics as a language for art. I serve the concept of polyaesthetic and mathematical poetry by viewing mathematical equations and the variables within the equations as capable of providing the structure for poetic metaphors. If one has a flexible view concerning what possibilities variables may take, then virtually anything can substitute the variable. This freedom transforms equations for uses other than scientific. Furthermore it pushes the boundary for the use of mathematical equations from the traditional role of denotation into a new role of connotation. Writing words or phrases in place of the variable, thus mixing poetry in the structure of mathematic equations, enables me to blend the aesthetics of poetics, science and mathematics. I define verbogeometry by placing words or concepts in place of analytic geometric variables. By employing words inside geometric equations one is able to experience a visually aesthetic formation of concepts in space. These constructions bring a linguistic richness to subjects that normally would not use mathematics as a language such popular culture, poetics and spirituality. I infuse ideas into equations from physics in ways that transform an equation into a poetic metaphor, creating a direct relationship between the physical and the conceptual. I also infuse visual imagery in my work to add another aesthetic element for expressing visual language. Thus, I view the polyaesthetic nature of my work being a confluence of the aesthetics of visual art, poetics and mathematics. My work brings spiritual and cultural concerns together expressing my personal mythology as a result of my struggle to comprehend nature's system which directs and guides my life.



Additional Information:

Polyaesthetics and Mathematical Poetry

Interview of Kaz Maslanka by Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino

Understanding Verbogeometry


Artist Resume


BFA Sculpture --Wichita State University 1980 Wichita, Kansas

One Man Exhibition Chanute Art Gallery -- Chanute, Kansas 1973
Henry Staples Gallery -- Wichita, Kansas 1979
Maslanka and Larsen @ McFarland Gallery -- Wichita, Kansas 1980
McFarland Gallery -- Wichita, Kansas 1988
Bridges Mathematical connections in Art -- Winfield, Kansas 2001
Biting the Apple -- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2002
Independent artists of Oklahoma mixed media show -- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2002
Bridges Mathematical connections in Art -- Towson University Baltimore, Maryland 2002
Bridges Mathematical connections in Art -- Winfield Kansas 2004
Art + X = Math -- University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado 2005
Renaissance Banff -- Banff Center -- Banff, Alberta, Canada 2005
American Mathematical Society Exhibition -- San Antonio, Texas 2006
A Survey of International Contemporary Visual Poetry & Related Art -- Cleveland, Ohio 2006
Bridges London Exhibition --  London England 2006
Multiple Universes Show -- Poway California 2006
Bridges Donostia -- San Sebastian Spain 2007
American Mathematical Society Exhibition -- San Diego, California 2008
Bridges Leeuwarden -- Leeuwarden Netherlands August 2008
Urban Legends and Country tales -- Bonita Museum -- Bonita, California October 2008
SDPUG show -- California Art Institute -- San Diego, California November 2008
American Mathematical Society Exhibition -- Washington D.C., January 2009
Synthesis -- Escondido Municipal Art Gallery -- Escondido, California July 2009
Spirituality -- California Art Institute -- San Diego, California 2009
Renaissance Banff -- Banff Center -- Banff, Alberta, Canada August 2009
Solo Show/Installation at "The Lab Gallery" New York City March 2010
Last Vispo Group Show -- Common Ground Art Gallery -- Windsor Ontario -- March 2010
Last Vispo Group Show -- Ráday Könyvesház -- Budapest Hungary -- April 2010
Last Vispo Group Show -- L-Gallery -- Moscow Russia June 2010
Bridges Group Show -- Pecs Hungary July 2010
Homage Group Show -- Escondido Municipal Art Gallery -- Escondido, California July 2010
Bridges Group Show -- Coimbra Portugal July 2011
Art + Science-- Escondido Municipal Art Gallery -- Escondido, California August 2011
Bridges Group Show -- Towson University July 2012
Joint Mathematics Show -- San Diego, California -- January 2013
Bridges Show Enschede Netherlands -- August 2013
Filters and Masks group show in Pacific Beach, California -- May thru July 2014
DNA of Creativity Show - Oceanside Museum of Art - Oceanside, California May through August 2014
Bridges Seoul Group Show- Gwacheon National Science Museum - Gwacheon, South Korea September 2014
Towson Math Art Group Show - Towson University - Towson, Maryland 2015
Bridges Finland Show Group Show-University of Jyväskylä -
Jyväskylä, Finland 2016
Bridges Waterloo Group Show - University of Waterloo - Waterloo, Ontario Canada 2017
Joint Mathematics Conference Show -
San Diego, California 2018


Published Papers / Poetry:
Psychronomtetrics ~ Foist #7 1987
Mathematical Poetry – Abstract ~ Bridges Proceedings 2001
Sentences on the Aesthetics of Mathematics and Art – Abstract ~ Bridges Proceedings 2002
Verbogeometry ~The confluence of words and analytic geometry ~ Bridges Proceedings 2006
Polyaesthetics and Mathematical Poetry ~ Journal for Mathematics and the Arts 2007
"Prometheus's Epistle to Job" ~ Published in ZYZZYVA Journal Fall 2008
"Sacrifice and Bliss" ~ Published in the book "Strange Attractors edited by Glaz and Growney" Fall 2009

Permanent Collections:
New Mexico State University Museum --- Las  Cruces, New Mexico
Polytopia Museum --- Boulder Colorado
Chanute Museum --- Chanute Kansas