Will Mentor is painter living and working in Burlington, Vermont, where he teaches art at St. Michael’s College. Born in 1958 in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Mentor received his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. Mentor burst onto the New York art scene in the early 80’s, gaining instant success for what critics referred to as his “Neo-surrealist” abstract oil paintings. Dividing his time between New York and a farm in Iowa, Mentor became interested in the spectacle of consumerism and the business of agriculture. His more recent works explore these notions through geometric abstractions of bar codes colour-coded with agribusiness logos. Mentor’s concern with agriculture as a product of labor, biochemistry and industry influences not only the subject of his paintings, but also the way he makes them. His computer-manipulated, hand-painted images of barcodes are analogous to the interaction between humans and machines.