Kal Mansur is known for his solid acrylic sculptures, which he has been producing since 2006. His art practice encompasses sculpture, painting, and large-scale installations.
For PULSE Miami 2018, Kal Mansur has created sculptures—non-specific objects—which are a simultaneous homage to and departure from minimalist traditions. The series combines gestural drawing with multiple machining processes. Mansur composes first with tape, creating a drawing built upon strokes that, unlike pencil drawings, do not bear the memory of an erased line. The composition is then carved into a solid acrylic slab. The incisions are filled with pigmented epoxy, layers of color built up millimeters at a time. Using a carving machine, Mansur exposes deeper layers by excavating into the slab, creating steppes that are only visible upon closer inspection. Shadows of invisible lines are cast on the wall, as the artwork's incline creates optical effects. The conceptual underpinnings are vast, as Mansur moves past diffusion as a compositional element, and explores how transparency can carry unexpected consequences.
This body of work combines the traditions of sculpture and painting. Mansur uses solid acrylic elements with painted fields and objects to elicit a response between mystery and recognition. The built and painted sculpture is then covered with a translucent panel that visually alters the internal elements. Aspects of the work glow as soon as the piece receives light, be it in the form of natural of artificial light.
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