Using new media, Kal Mansur brings a literal three dimensionality into his work. A highly polished level of skill is used to erase the trace of his hand, he overrides the expressive potential with his technical acumen. The object gains the upper hand rather than the maker - perhaps the ultimate aim of creativity - and the result is something more absolute than the originator. The basis for minimalism was the paring back of complexity to a purist point. The works of Donald Judd or Ellsworth Kelly are examples where the process is so mechanical that they appear manufactured rather than made. In Mansur's work, the fabrication leaves no room for evidence of human mistakes. This science fictive precision supports the aerodynamic lines. The lighting in the artwork comes from the inside of the piece yet there is no sign of a power source. It appears to generate its own illumination, a futuristic concept, but it is actually beaming from ambient light, just as the earth is lit by the sun or moon.
Mansur's work is in various corporate and private collections, including the Rockefeller Foundation, Alliance Capital, Senvest Corporation, and KPMG. He has exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He lives and works in Toronto.
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