Gary Lapointe Jr. et Clay Mahn
Native from Connecticut, Gary LaPointe Jr. lives and works in Chicago. He holds a BFA in fine arts from the Lesley University College of Art and Design and an MA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His sculptural practice questions social foundation by challenging urban architecture and spatial materiality. Hi work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions such as Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition (Kunsthal Charlottenburg, 2019), Back Burner (Randy Alexander Gallery, 2017) and Breaking Ground (Lunder Arts Center, 2015). His exhibition at Galerie B-312 marks his first art exhibition in Canada.
Native from Missoula (Montana), Clay Mahn lives and works in Chicago. In 2012, he obtained a bachelor's degree in visual and performative arts from the University of Montana before completing a master's degree in visual arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. As a painter, Mahn neglectes iconographic processses to focus on surface, structure and frame's limits. His work has been featured in several individual and group exhibitions such as Dig, Dig, Dig (Comfort Station, 2019), Softer Thoughts (Devening Projects, 2018) and This is What is Not (Mist Gallery, 2015). Air Condenser is his first exhibition in Canada.
Clay Mahn's paintings and sculptures combine with Gary LaPointe Jr.'s drawings and transformed objets question the value, construction and transformation of the frame as a conceptual foundation. Mahn's meditative paintings refine the physicality and pictorial material to reveal its density, lines, limits and structures. LaPointe concrete sculptures refer to the devices they came from which is the architectural models of space negotiations. The pooling of their respective practice makes it possible to question languages and theories that underline the concept of materiality as well as the adequacy of container / content in contemporary art.