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The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is the first UK public gallery to present a solo exhibition by American artist Jacob Kassay from 12 October to 13 November 2011.

Jacob Kassay's canvases are simultaneously painting, sculpture and interactive installation. The exhibition includes a new body of work, in which Kassay continues his dialogue with the traditions of monochrome and colour field painting.

A wooden framework with a selection of canvases embedded within it, each of which is evenly painted and then silver-plated, will be located in the ICA's lower gallery. The technique used on the canvases creates expansive reflective surfaces that come alive with the presence of an audience.

The movement of ambient colours and changing light subtly and continuously alter the appearance of the works throughout the day. The wooden structure releases the canvases from their status as single units, combining them into a larger composite installation that functions as both architectural support and environment.

In the ICA's upper galleries, a series of shaped white monochrome canvases appear in conversation with each other and the surrounding architecture.

Jacob Kassay (b. 1984, Buffalo, NY) lives and works in Los Angeles and New York. Solo shows include Art: Concept, Paris; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Eleven Rivington, New York; L&M, Los Angeles and Kitchen Distribution, Buffalo, New York.

The Institute of Contemporary Arts is supported by Arts Council England.

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Jacob Kassay