The ability to conduct how light interacts with surfaces is my ongoing attempt to create a visual braille, that is, a language by which color, light, and composition can be felt and not merely observed.
“When most people think about sculpture, they think of a three-dimensional object that they can see in the round,” explains Kal Mansur. “My artwork is a sculpture which I put a surface over, flattening it completely. The question then is, it still a sculpture?”
The core element in the work is a dimensional object that Mansur calls “fodder”. This shape is made of completely clear and hard-edged material. Mansur embeds fluorescent pigments into it which project through the edges. He encases the work within translucent acrylic panels that visually change as light strikes their internal elements. This kinetic quality is foundational to his work, creating a hybrid between geometric abstraction and the economy of form found in minimalism. Deriving inspiration from sources as diverse as Donald Judd, aeronautic engineering, and biology, Mansur’s pieces express a fusion of disparate perspectives into a cohesive, elemental projection.
Mansur produces sculpture, painting, and large-scale installations. He completed his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He is represented by galleries in Canada, Europe, and the United States. His work is in various collections, including Tiffany and Company (Honolulu and Moscow), Bonjour Capital (New York), George Brown College (Toronto), Ryerson University (Toronto), the Norwegian Cruise Line, the Caribbean Cruise Line, Related Companies (New York), Senvest Corporation (Montreal), Sloan-Kettering (New York), Alliance Capital (New York), and KPMG (Toronto). His studio is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.