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Matt Mignanelli

About Matt Mignanelli:

Born in 1983 in Providence, Rhode Island. Mignanelli lives and works in New York City and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

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's paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally with solo exhibitions at Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, LUCE Gallery, Torino, and Dubner Moderne, Lausanne. He recently had a two-person exhibition at Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City (2015). His works will be included in Face to Face: Selections from the Ernesto Esposito Collection at Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno (forthcoming), and have been exhibited in Linear Abstraction at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2015), Ameringer, McEnery, and Yohe (2015), Dickinson Roundell (2015), Contemporary Istanbul (2015), EXPO Chicago with Richard Heller Gallery (2015), Regina Rex (2014), Bleecker Street Arts Club (2013), GRAHAM (2013), Guerrero Gallery (2013), Art Copenhagen with Marianne Friis Gallery (2012), Goss-Michael Foundation (2012), and Quint Contemporary (2012).

Born 1983, Providence, RI
Lives and works in New York City

2010 Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2005 BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI  

Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (forthcoming)

Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Zurich, CH (forthcoming)

Grattan Street, LUCE Gallery, Torino, Italy

Stories Unfold, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Nonstop, Dubner Moderne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Black Is Still The New Black, Collectors Depot, Pörtschach am Wörthersee, Austria
Highlight: New Canaan, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
BAM Art Auction, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Lucky Draw, SculptureCenter, Queens, NY (forthcoming)
Group Exhibition, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Viennacontemporary, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Vienna, AT
Summer Time, Dubner Projects, Lugano, CH
Highlight: Summer One, Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York, NY
Got It For Cheap, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, DK
Sequenced Perceptions, Galerie Clemens Gunzer, Zurich, CH
Three-Person Show: Matt Mignanelli, Brian Rochefort and Russell Tyler, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Face To Face: Selections from the Ernesto Esposito Collection, Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno, Italy (forthcoming)
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, The Hole, Los Angeles, CA

Two-Person show: Matt Mignanelli - Russell Tyler, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City
The Go-Between II: Selections from the Ernesto Esposito Collection, Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno, Italy (with catalogue)
Black/White, Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY
Search For The Real, DeBuck Gallery, New York, NY
Contemporary Istanbul, Dubner Moderne, Istanbul, Turkey
Exposition Estivale, Dubner Moderne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Linear Abstraction, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
Scent, Dickinson Roundell, New York, NY
EXPO Chicago, Richard Heller Gallery, Chicago, IL

EXPO Chicago, Richard Heller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Inaugural Show, Regina Rex, New York, NY
TWO x TWO, Rachofsky House, Dallas, TX
Art Herning, Marianne Friis Gallery, Herning, Denmark
By Invitation Only, Kinz + Tillou, Brooklyn, NY
Black/White, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA

Miami Project, Richard Heller Gallery, Miami, FL
Matt Mignanelli - Ryan Wallace, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York, NY
ARTWALK NY, 82 Mercer, New York, NY
Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York, NY
Hard Edge Abstraction, GRAHAM, New York, NY
Nocturnes, Parallel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
Contemporary Landscapes, Waterhouse & Dodd, New York, NY
July Group Show, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Surfacing, Mark Wolfe Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
The Example, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York, NY
New artists of the Gallery, Dubner Moderne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Spring/Break with Ballast Projects, Old School, New York, NY

Project Space, Quint Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
ARTWALK NY, 82 Mercer, New York, NY
Art Copenhagen, Marianne Friis Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Re:Define, Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX
Spindles, Ballast Projects presents at Kinfolk Studios, Brooklyn, NY
New York - New Tendencies, Marianne Friis Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Courtesy Roman Abramovich: The First Unveiling, Centotto, Brooklyn, NY
Heaven, curated by Eli Consilvio, Smashbox Studios, Los Angeles, CA

ARTWALK NY (benefiting Coalition for the Homeless), Skylight Studios, New York, NY
Cast, Tint, Shade, Glow, Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ
A Selection from the Collection, Mark Wolfe Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
Spinello Projects, New York, NY
Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Marianne Boesky, New York, NY

Selected Bibliography
Akhmadbaev, Azamat. “Interview: Matt Mignanelli”, DONTPOSTME , January, 2017

Nunes, Andrew. “7 Painters Somewhere Between Emerging and Blue Chip”, Creators Project, August 2017 McDermott, Emily. “Artists at Work: Matt Mignanelli”, Interview Magazine , June 9, 2016.
“Two On Two: Johnny Abrahams and Matt Mignanelli”, SFAQ , March 27, 2016.
“Two On Two - The Hole NYC”, Aujourd'hui, March 23, 2016. Manning, Laura Mylott. “Interview with Matt Mignanelli”, Arte Fuse , March 11, 2016.
“Matt Mignanelli, Brian Rochefort, Russell Tyler - Richard Heller Gallery”, Aujourd'hui , March 10, 2016.

“Inside Studio”, Aujourd'hui , December 15, 2015.
Olivera, Maria. “New York, New York”, Frente , September 17, 2015.
D'Agostino, Anna “Grattan Street architetture della metropoli”, La Repubblica , April 30, 2015.
Pezzini, Daniele. “Da Brooklyn a Torino, Matt Mignanelli alla Luce Gallery”, La Repubblica, April 23, 2015. “Grattan Street" la geometria di Mignanelli”, La Stampa , April 23, 2015.
“Il Bianco E Il Nero di Matt Mignanelli”, Tuttosport , April 23, 2015.

Scott Indrisek: “Artists’ Choice: The Best Shows of 2014,” ARTINFO, December 30, New York, NY
Ashik Zaman: “Music and Arts, Part II,” C-Print, December 27, Stockholm, SE
Jason Stopa: “December Shows to Know,” Whitewall Magazine, December 12, New York, NY
Zio Baritaux: “Matt Mignanelli Stories Unfold,” The Hundreds, November 10, Los Angeles, CA

Guy Yanai: “Matt Mignanelli NONSTOP at Dubner Moderne,” Switzerland, TELAVIVIAN, October 29, Tel Aviv, IL
David Wilfert: “Installation view: Matt Mignanelli-NONSTOP,” The World’s Best Ever, October, New York, NY
Laurent Delaloye: “Dans les galeries: Matt Mignanelli,” 24 Heures, October 8, Lausanne, CH
Domenico de Chirico: “Matt Mignanelli,” DUST Magazine, October 3, Milano, IT
Florian Schmied: “Matt Mignanelli at Dubner Moderne,” Lausanne Contemporain, September 30, Lausanne, CH
Sarah Decorvet: “Nonstop Exhibit at Dubner Moderne,” The Lausanne Guide, September 30, Lausanne, CH
Kathryn McKinney: “Review: ‘Surfacing’ group exhibition at Mark Wolfe Contemporary,” SFAQ, August 23, San Francisco, CA
Nigel Dunkley: “Ryan Wallace and Matt Mignanelli-New Work,” N/V Projects, July 4, London, UK
Matthew Hassell: “20 Artists to Watch, Under 40,” NY Arts Magazine, June 25, New York, NY
Jason Stopa: “June 2013: Whitehot Watch,” Whitehot Magazine, June 6, New York, NY
David Wilfert: “Art Tonight in New York,” The World’s Best Ever, June 6, New York, NY
Andrew Lasane: “Matt Mignanelli & Ryan Wallace Open at Bleecker Street Arts Club,” Complex Magazine, June 5, New York, NY
Andrew Russeth: “12 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before June 9th,” GalleristNY, June 3, New York, NY
Jack Smylie: “Matt Mignanelli & Ryan Wallace at Bleecker Street Arts Club,” POST NEW, May 31, Auckland, NZ
Gary Pini: “Bleecker Street Arts Club in the West Village,” Paper Magazine, May 24, New York, NY
Matt Mignanelli - Art Talk, VICE, May 15, Brooklyn, NY
Xavier Aaronson: “Fresh Air from Ballast Projects at SPRING/BREAK,” Babes at the Museum, March 15, New York, NY
Matthew D. Knight: “A Short Recommendation Review of SPRING/BREAK,” The Art Dossier, March 8, New York, NY
Enrico Gomez: “Brooklyn During Armory Week,” Wagmag, March 4, Brooklyn, NY
Benjamin Sutton: “Armory Week Show SPRING/BREAK Announces Artists and Curators,” ARTINFO, February 22, New York, NY

Jack Smylie: “Matt Mignanelli Studio Visit,” POST NEW, December 18, Auckland, NZ
Agniezki Le Nart: “Matt Mignanelli wywiad,” Mixtape, September 13, Warsaw, PL
Rob Loane: “Interview with Matt Mignanelli,” Fecal Face, July 11, San Francisco, CA
Steven Cox: “Matt Mignanelli - Interview,” Hunted Projects - In Dialogue, June 23, Glasgow, UK
Noah Davis: “Matt Mignanelli Talks Inspiration,” Complex Magazine, June 4, 2012, New York, NY
Sharon Butler: “My neighbors at 117 Grattan Street,” Two Coats of Paint, May 31, Brooklyn, NY
SPINDLES Exhibition, VICE Magazine, May 4, New York, NY
Nick Schonberger: “New Exhibit At Ballast Projects Highlights NYC’s Most Exciting Contemporary Artists,” Complex Magazine, May 2, New York, NY
Hanne Bjørton: “NY EVENT: Fredagskunst på Ama’r,” Amager Bladet, April 30, Copenhagen, DK
Jens-Peter Brask: “Matt Mignanelli - Studio Visit,” Brask Art, March 7, Copenhagen, DK

Paul Bruno: “Painter Matt Mignanelli’s Acrylic Pixels,” DIRTY Magazine, June 25, New York, NY
Alex Moshakis: “Matt Mignanelli: Vermont Studio Center,” It’s Nice That, February 18, London, UK


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Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT  


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