About Matt Mignanelli:
Born in 1983 in Providence, Rhode Island. Lives and works in New York City. Mignanelli received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island, in 2005 and was an Artist in Residence at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, in 2001.
This exhibition will present six new paintings and marks a return to color after more than four years of working strictly monochromatically.
In these new works, Mignanelli’s approach to painting has evolved from subtle monochromes to a stark black / white, deep blue / white, and deep blue / black palette. While continuing to explore relationships between structure and nature, which are relayed through the use of harsh light and shadow against architectural elements, Mignanelli has been reexamining the evolving interactions amongst light and surface in these works.
The hard edge is applied over gestural strokes and drips of the background. Mignanelli allows for the hand to come through again on his surface through the use of hand-painted shapes and the imperfections the human hand creates amongst them. Chance enters into these paintings through the mode of execution; the works are all painted flat on a table. As Mignanelli moves around the work, painting in sections, the viscous enamel splashes and drips into the negative spaces. This spontaneity that emerges makes the paintings feel alive, and have allowed the works to become much more about painting itself.
The subtle variation of shapes in each painting creates areas of “disruption” within these environments. The visual breaks within the repetition of shape create a movement that forces the eye to dance.
The return to color in Mignanelli’s works has been marked by another significant change in his life, the birth of his daughter this past summer. The many sleepless nights that followed changed his work. The midnight blues of the night sky, and the early morning light inspired the deep blue palette for these new works. There is a certain serenity in the palette, representing those peaceful moments when the world is still asleep.
Mignanelli has had recent solo exhibitions at Grattan Street, LUCE Gallery in Torino, Italy, and Marianne Friis Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark.
About Brian Rochefort:
Born and raised in Rhode Island. Lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Rochefort received his BFA in Ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007.
Rochefort is a mixed media sculptor working in ceramics, glaze (on vessels) and automotive paint (on sculpture). He was awarded the Lillian Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana 2007-2008.
Rochefort's vessels, ceramic “paintings” and sculptures flaunt the anxious and risky mindset of disorder and chaos in the face of the viewer, reminding us that the Horror Vacui exists. His works are homages to both AbEx and contemporary painting, he builds layers slowly and uses multiple firings in his quest for texture.
The seductive messes and goo that spread out in our lives, regardless of our attempts to contain them, are the insistent presence at the forefront of the work. Freezing untidy, mucky moments, the works scream at us to pay attention to their nauseous ornament, throwing up our most base fun-house selves, celebrating the pleasure, beauty and horror of the entirety of what is worldly and human.
Rochefort has had recent exhibitions at Sorry We're Closed, Brussels, Retrospective Gallery, Hudson, New York, and Vault Exhibition, American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, Pomona, California.