Ryan Wallace and Matt Mignanelli’s artworks blur the boundary between analog and mechanical modes of production. Through complex layering and repetition, and with painstaking technique, Wallace and Mignanelli thrust the viewer into the intricacies of the pattern and the void. The artists’ explorations of abstraction and monochrome reference predecessors such as Ad Reinhardt, Robert Ryman, and Agnes Martin. The exhibition at the Bleecker Street Arts Club includes new paintings by Matt Mignanelli and a selection of Ryan Wallace’s “Tablet” paintings and “Consensus” sculptures. The works on display reflect and challenge modernity’s increasing cerebral insularity within the confines of digital representation and reproduction.
Mignanelli emphasizes his focus on aesthetics and process in his practice through monochromatic canvases which serially depict hand-painted yet identical geometries in contrasting matte and gloss finishes. Wallace similarly exploits repetition in his Plexiglass vitrines—housing identical cast replicas of rocks formations—and his “Tablet” paintings’ shimmering textures that are bound by contrasting borders. Dealing with the fusion of real and virtual space, Mignanelli and Wallace contemplate the ever-changing present through the rhythmic interior and exterior logic of their artworks.
Matt Mignanelli lives and works in New York City and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. His paintings have been exhibited extensively, with solo exhibitions in Copenhagen (forthcoming), Warsaw, San Francisco, and Glasgow. He was awarded a 2011 artist grant from Vermont Studio Center as an artist in residence and has lectured a Parsons School of Design, New York. Mignanelli’s work has been featured and reviewed in the San Francisco Examiner, POST NEW, Complex, VICE, and The Art Dossier. He is also featured in the current season of VICE’s Art Talk. Mignanelli is represented by Marianne Friis Gallery, Copenhagen and Dubner Moderne, Lausanne.
Ryan Wallace was born in New York City in 1977. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, a recent Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant awardee and an Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts’ Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop SIP Fellow. Wallace’s paintings, works on paper, installations, and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries, museums and institutions across North America and Europe and are held in pubic and private collections internationally. His work has been reviewed and written about in Modern Painters, Art In America, TimeOutNY, The Village Voice, Anthem, Site Unseen and others. He lives and works between Brooklyn and East Hampton, New York. Wallace is represented in NY by Morgan Lehman Gallery.