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John and Jane Kostick
Woodworking and mathematical constructions

John and Jane Kostick draw heavily on geometry and mathematics in their artwork. They work both together as well as independently.

John’s interest in geometry and many years of experience as a carpenter are reflected in his current artistic work, the building of compound curvature structures called Quadric Designs. There are several reasons for his compelling interest in this work: the satisfaction of finding innovative solutions to challenging problems, the appeal of doing more with less, enjoyment in doing original work, and above all simply the graciousness of curves and the notion that contoured shapes can be used as elements of building in ways that are not out of reach. He uses standard carpentry techniques and materials.

Jane began woodworking in junior high and high school and went on to get a math degree in college, which is when she became interested in making artwork based on mathematical concepts.  After college she spent a year doing an informal apprenticeship with a furniture maker in Cambridge before starting her own woodworking business in a shop in Boston. For the past 15 years, she has worked out of 574 Boston Ave, a Tufts-owned industrial building in South Medford.  Most of her work is done on commission.

More images of Jane and John's work can be seen at www.jjkostick.com