KAL MANSUR

Kal Mansur is a visual artist specializing in acrylic glass construction. The optically shifting hues and luminous dimensionality of his work represent a hybrid between a construction and an apparition. Shrouded components offer blurred internal views, providing hints of an encased object. His use of materials imbues the work with a unique luminosity. The seamless fusion of opaque and translucent elements activates a vivid study of light and form.

Mansur works with solid acrylic sheets of varying colors and thicknesses. These materials are sawn and shaped into a sculptural object. The object is adhered into an acrylic case and capped by translucent acrylic. This diffuses the internal sculpture, enabling light to reflect and refract. While analogous to light and space and finish fetish movements, and while recalling the pristine minimalism of Donald Judd’s constructions, Mansur’s work is unique in his use of focus and diffusion as compositional elements. The work represents an oscillation between organic and inorganic, light and color, field and edge, made and unmade.

EDUCATION
1990 BFA, University of Texas, USA

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2017 TBA, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2016 New Fractures, George Billis Gallery, New York, NY
2016 New Valkyries, BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA
2015 Recent Works, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2012 Mirage, Galerie Saint Laurent plus Hill, Ottawa, ON
2011 Construction, O'Born Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2010 Emblems and Insignia, Reference and LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009 Meet your Maker, Median Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2008 Monuments, Gallery Fuse, Toronto, ON
2007 Signs, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 RAW - studio show, Toronto, ON
2005 The Leblanc Organization Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1999 Here Gallery, New York, NY
1997 Biblios Art Gallery, New York, NY
1993 La Hacienda Gallery, Toronto, ON
1993 Cedar Ridge Art Gallery, Scarborough, ON
1992 Cedar Ridge Art Gallery, Scarborough, ON
1991 Round Up, Toronto, ON

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND ART FAIRS
2016
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, Germany
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, NL
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, Sweden
reference: contemporary (Toronto), Miami Project, Miami Beach, FL
Michele Mariaud Gallery (New York), Texas Contemporary Art Fair
reference: contemporary (Toronto), Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Berliner Liste, Berlin, Germany
Chase Edwards Contemporary, Group Exhibition, Bridgehampton, NY
reference: contemporary (Toronto), Echo Art Fair, Buffalo, NY
George Billis Gallery LA, Recent Works, Los Angeles, USA
George Billis Gallery LA, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Brussels, Belgium
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair London, Battersea
Architectural Digest Design Show, New York
Reference: Contemporary (Toronto), Affordable Art Fair New York, USA
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Art Breda, NL
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair London, Hampstead
2015
George Billis Gallery LA, Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, USA
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, Germany
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, NL
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Stockholm, Sweden
Reference: Contemporary (Toronto), Affordable Art Fair New York, USA
Uprise Art, Art Market Hamptons, New York, USA
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Art Breda, Chasseveld, Netherlands
BoxHeart Gallery (Pittsburgh), Love Art Fair, Toronto, ON
MADE section, Architectural Digest Home Design Show, New York, USA
Michele Mariaud Gallery (New York), Affordable Art Fair New York, USA
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair London Battersea
Het zichtbare voorbij, Galerie Nummer 40, Doetinchem, Netherlands
Booth 332, The Artist Project, Toronto, ON
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Brussels, Belgium
BoxHeart Gallery, Art Inter/National, Pittsburgh, PA
2014
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Hamburg
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Maastricht
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair London Battersea
Galerie Nummer 40 (Netherlands), Affordable Art Fair Brussels, Belgium
2013
Fourth Annual Art Spin Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, Guelph, ON
2011
Sculpture Garden, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
Annual Juried Exhibition, Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, ON
2010
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto, ON
2009
Elements and Principles, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
Median Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2008
Aligning with Beauty, Varley Museum, Markham, ON
ReGeneration, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
Gallery Fuse, Distillery District, Toronto, ON
35th Annual Juried Show of Fine Art, Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, ON
2007
Toronto International Contemporary Art Fair, Toronto, ON
Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto, ON
Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, ON
2006
Toronto International Contemporary Art Fair, Toronto, ON
Headbones Gallery, Toronto, ON
Canvas Gallery, Toronto,ON
1999-2001
Several group shows as gallery artist with Get Real Art Gallery, NY
Williamsburg Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY
Here Gallery, Soho, New York, NY
1995-97
Several group shows as gallery artist with Edgewater Art Gallery, NJ
1994 Mass Exposure, New York, NY
Tia Dora Gallery, Toronto, ON
1993
The Oakville Galleries, Oakville, ON

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Alliance Capital Investment Corporation, New York, NY
KPMG, Toronto, ON
Senvest Corporation, Montreal, PQ

SELECTED COMMISSIONS
2014 Related Companies, New York
2013 George Brown College, Toronto
2012 Institute without Boundaries, Toronto
Institute without Boundaries, Toronto

AWARDS
2015
Award of Excellence, Ann Arbor “The Original” Art Fair, Ann Arbor, USA
Best of Show, BoxHeart Gallery, Art Inter/National Exhibition
2013
Ontario Arts Council, Visual Artists: Mid-Career Artist Grant
2011
Ontario Arts Council, Visual Artists: Mid-Career Artist Grant
2009
Winner of Juror's Award, 36th Annual Juried Show of Fine Art, Art Gallery
of Peel, Brampton, ON
2008
Best in show, Riverdale Artwalk, Toronto, ON
Winner of Juror's Award, 35th Annual Juried Show of Fine Art, Art Gallery
of Peel, Brampton, ON

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
2016 Kal Mansur – Canvas: One to Watch, Saatchi Online, February 6, 2016
http://canvas.saatchiart.com/art/one-to-watch/kal-mansur
2015 Kurt Shaw, “Art Inter/National is an Impressive Showcase,” The Tribune
Review, Pittsburgh, January 25, 2015, Living Section F
2015 Caroline Williamson, “Favorites at the 2015 Architectural Digest Home
Design Show,” Design Milk, March 26, 2015
2015 Hannah Martin, “Preview the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design
Show,” Architectural Digest, March 19, 2015
2015 “Six New Art Stars Not to Be Missed at the Artist Project 2015,”
Designlines Magazine, March 4, 2015
2014 Jen Renzi, “Zen and the Art of Urban Existence: Abington House Interiors
by Clodagh,” Interior Design Magazine, September 29, 2014
2013 Mudimbe, V.Y., On African Fault Lines, Indiana: Indiana University Press
2013 Paul Irish, “A pop-up art gallery in abandoned Toronto factory,” The Star
Visual Arts Section, August 31, 2013
2013 Carl Barenbrug, “Pixels by Kal Mansur,” Minimalissimo, May 7, 2013
2013 “Mirage Sculptures by Kal Mansur,” Mocoloco, May 2, 2013
2012 Simpson, Peter, “Strange, solid acrylics flash through market gallery”
Ottawa Citizen, July 25, 2012