Kal Mansur: Land Escapes

Land Escapes

May 6 – June 22, 2022
Opening and artist reception on May 6, 2022 from 6 – 8 pm
1518 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, M6K 1T5

reference: contemporary is pleased to present Land Escapes, an exhibition of new paintings by artist Kal Mansur.

Several thick impasto layers of paint applied with a palette knife are washed over with translucent glazes. Colours are built then subdued into a monochromatic mass. Circular resin sculptures inundate the work with changing reflections. This painting starts to bloom as one walks around it. What were once muted circles begin to gleam – they are beacons that turn off and on. The surfaces are contradictory: waxy yet reflective, the circles both mirror and obscure the viewer. Here Mansur mines the possibilities within abstraction, making a case for its plural nature by creating potent modes of interference in painting.

Kal Mansur, Indigo Land Escape Crimson 1, 2022. Acrylic on panel and aluminum frame. 60” x 60”. Courtesy of reference: contemporary.

“My process of making art is a series of overlapping known unknowns.”
– Kal Mansur

The series will also be exhibited at Volta New York during Frieze week at 548 West 22nd Street, the former Dia building and Hauser & Wirth gallery space in Chelsea. Get in touch with the gallery for more information.

Kal Mansur is best known for his luminous wall works that combine painting and sculpture. Materials such as acrylic, cast acrylic, and epoxy resin are combined to create cohesive, elemental pieces of art. He uses transparency like a brushstroke, varying its application to refract available light.

Mansur completed his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. His work has been commissioned by Tiffany & Co., Bonjour Capital, George Brown College, Related Companies, among others. His work is in the permanent collection of Global Affairs Canada and was part of the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020. He lives and works in Toronto.

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reference: contemporary is a Toronto-based gallery that champions artists focusing on abstraction. Founded by Maita Sayo in 2015, the gallery has a focused international program and has participated in more than a dozen art fairs in New York and Miami. The gallery is dedicated to being an approachable place to start collecting art and provides extensive advisory services to both new and seasoned collectors.

1518 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON, M6K 1T5
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The gallery is located in Toronto at 1518 Dundas St. West between Sheridan Ave. and Dufferin St. on the north side. We are a 5-minute drive from the Museum of Contemporary Art. The gallery is partially accessible with a level entrance. Green P timed street parking is available. 24-hour paid parking is available nearby at Park Indigo.

Wednesday – Saturday from 12 – 7 pm
Sunday from 12 – 6 pm
Tuesday by appointment

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