The Ralph Thornton Community Centre is pleased to welcome the next art exhibition to the Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery. Opening on Saturday April 20, and on view until Sunday June 2, Jeff Mann’s DeTrOiTuS MaSks will feature 14 original sculptures.
Jeff Mann transforms old car parts into masks, creating primal style and features with modern, industrial materials. Rather than simply using the car parts as found objects, their previous function in automobiles is the spiritual core of the works themselves.
“This face wants to be brought into the world,” Mann states in the artist statement about the exhibition. ”I have to be the midwife with an angle grinder and a MIG welder.”
Mann has been sculpting for over 20 years, and he is currently based in Kingston, Ontario. He has had numerous solo shows in Canada and the U.S.
Car patterns play a central role in Mann’s art, seeing cars as a subliminal shaper of our world and our cultural informer. The theme of Mann’s art stems from the belief that there are too many cars in the world.
The Saulter Street Stairwell Gallery is located in the heritage staircase at the south end of the building. The gallery is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm, and can be accessed through the second or third floor. Admission is free. Works in this exhibition may be purchased by directly contacting the artist.