Notes on Love: Jen Mann Explores the Intricacies of a Relationship in New Exhibition

Sep 13, 2018 - Oct 06, 2018Duran Mashaal Gallery, Montreal

"The show is titled Notes on Love and consists of obsessions and abstractions of my partner, as I navigate my identity through him, our identity together, and what he represents to me." This is how Toronto-based painter, Jen Mann, explains to us on the eve of her new solo show of paintings to be displayed at Duran Mashaal Gallery in Montreal beginning on September 13, 2018.

As the gallery notes on the new show of paintings:

In her newest series of paintings, Mann is exploring how we understand the identities of the people we are closest to, the people we live with, and how we abstract them from who they are as we internally meld them with ourselves, and our own identities. exploring how we never truly see the other person for who they are, but instead we see what we have created in our minds, the version of them that we want to see. This abstraction and obsession runs through the work where the subject (her partner) is continually being obscured from view, Mann’s hair covering and enveloping him, text over the image reads “you are not me, you are not mine, but somehow we are one.” the text almost blends into the image like the two figures merging together. Each image a digital manipulation, altering, and abstract- ing him as she draws over his face in some instances, and in another image light blows out the subject where only certain parts are visible. is series a next step in Mann’s continued foray into identity, self and now what is ‘other.’

Take a look at our book review on Jen Mann's newest book here.