Matt Mignanelli, NONSTOP AT Dubner Moderne, SWITZERLANDby Guy Yanai | 29.10.13
Matt Mignanelli & I met in late 2011 at Christies NY at a booklaunch I was having. At the time I was super impressed with his work, and was sure that he was using stencils, masking tape and the whole nine yards to create these super tense and perfect works.
Apparently I missed the whole thing, Matt hand paints all of these. Knowing this about his process changes the game and changed the images as well. Of course Mignanelli is speaking with a lot of artists that have come out from the 20th century, from Mondrian, Reinhardt, Agnes Martin, Frank Stella, Blinky Palermo, Lichtenstein and so on and so on; but there is something more here. What this something is I’m not sure I can articulate, but this devious simplicity evokes allot of emotional responses from me.
The press release mentions Brooklyn, his studio, and the city as a big part of the restrained energy in the works, I feel that it goes much deeper than this. This obvious painstaking methodology and rigorous studio practice ( Matt wakes up early!) go beyond formalism and reaction. This structured simplicity while being so elegant and refined also becomes primal and elemental.