Alpha Support

Alpha Support


An abstract image of a blue and yellow rectangular block resting precariously upon a brown rectangular block.

Creator: Justin Mencel


Executed as a hybrid of sculpture and painting, Alpha Support explores the distance between presumption and certainty when observing the masks that obscure vulnerability. The work examines sub-narratives of anxiety, mental health, relationships, support systems, security and the regeneration of personal power. They encourage that we take more social risks; offer support to those who have fallen, accept support in return, advance beyond projected facades to form deeper connections and sideline insecurities to allow our true selves to surface.

Justin Mencel is a Canadian painter, sculptor, and animator. He uses interpretations of space and time to explore elements of human nature and mental health. His work is sold by Birch Contemporary in Toronto.

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Images of the Alpha Support installation in Re:Building Resilience:

Photos by Paulina Wiszowata

Please Note: There is one virtual ticket available for the entire Re:Building Resilience Exhibition. Whether you’d like to see one project or all of them, you only need to book one ticket to access everything. The exhibition runs October 15-25, and all purchasers will be sent a link to view the virtual content. Any ticket bought prior to October 15 will receive a follow up email on the 15th with the link.


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