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Matt Mignanelli Solo show at Medicine Agency, SF

August 18, 2010


Transformative Illuminations
August 20th – September 10th, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, August 20th, 8-11pm

Medicine Agency Gallery presents Transformative Illuminations, a solo
exhibition from New York City-based artist Matt Mignanelli. Mignanelli’s work was
recently featured in the Awesome Number One Big Fun Group Show! at Meds,
while simultaneously nearly selling out a solo exhibition at Recoat Gallery in
Glasgow, Scotland.
Matt Mignanelli was born in 1983 in Providence, RI. He received his BFA from
Rhode Island School of Design. Mignanelli’s work has been exhibited and
collected extensively throughout the United States and Europe. In 2010 he
lectured at Parsons School of Design in New York City and at the Art Director’s
Club of Tulsa, Oklahoma. His work has been profiled in Beautiful/Decay,
Juxtapoz,, and Gudberg Magazine (Germany).
His work has also appeared in GQ (U.K.), Dazed & Confused, and Transworld
Transformative Illuminations features Mignanelli’s trademark juxtaposition of
organic and geometric forms painted in complex vibrant hues. The seriousness of
this exploration has been further developed, focusing on the interaction of light
within the spaces. His inspiration is drawn from energy, pattern, light, and
emotion. Some of the shapes are discernable objects while others are a
composition of structural elements and organic forms, altering the viewer’s
perception of dimensional space.
The show features a range of new paintings on birch panel, canvas, and paper.
Join us on Friday August 20th at 8pm. Cocktails will be provided by Blue Angel

Private viewings are available through September 10th, seven days a week during
the hours of 10am – 8pm by appointment only.
For additional information please contact Crystal Townsend at 415.829.8615 or

The Interview from It’s Nice That

Matt Mignanelli: Transformative Illuminations

Posted by Alex 19 August 2010 | It’s Nice That

Energy, pattern, light and emotion are the things that Matt Mignanelli cites as his inspirations, and taking a look through some crisp preview work from his upcoming show in San Francisco more than backs that up. Matt’s show Transformative Illusions opens tomorrow on the west coast, and we spoke to Matt to find out a little more about what we can expect.

Hi Matt, your new show ‘Transformative Illusions’ takes you from your native east coast out to the west – can we expect to see your usual brand of geometric and organic juxtaposition?

Yes the new show is taking me to San Francisco. I’m really excited to be heading out west, I love San Francisco and find myself going back again and again. The city just has a great vibe to it and lots of life! The new works do consist of the geometric patterning and organic forms, but pushed further. In this newest body of work I’ve really begun to focus in on and explore more light and how it interacts within these spaces, amongst the structural elements.

Your work is very two dimensional, and looks great on screen, what’s the benefit of hanging it in a gallery environment?

While I do think that certain aspects of the work can translate well digitally, others get lost completely. Surface texture and craftsmanship can never truly translate through the screen, and those aspects make up so much of my process. To stand before a piece in person is an entirely different experience with these works, and the gallery offers the setting in which people can have that interaction.

How do you make your work? Is it all rendered on the computer? Or are we looking at hand drawn shapes?

It all starts with a hand drawn pencil sketch, not a design rendered on the computer. I’ve been working on birch panel for years now and love the wood surface once it’s primed, I use industrial primer and sand it down very smooth before I start. I will use rulers to lay down the pencil lines, but will never tape, all of the painting is done entirely free hand. I paint with a mix of acrylics and latex house paints. After I’m finished with a piece I use a polyurethane gloss coat on the work, creating an almost glass-like surface.

I’ve just seen your client list and it’s longer than my arm! Who would you like to add to that list?

I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great people and love being able to work as an artist full-time. As I progress forward in my career I’d love to collaborate with more clients who really push the envelope. It’s always great to be part of a groundbreaking / trendsetting project. Another aspect I’ll look to expand is the opportunity to create more murals. I love the transformation of space through color, and feel that’s a direction that holds promise for me.

Matt Mignanelli: Transformative Illuminations
Opening reception Friday August 20, 8 – 11pm
Medicine Agency
1262 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 9410


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