AF entered the enclave of the Bleecker Street Arts Club (BSAC) and realized that the West Village rocked it for art night. Is this the new Renaissance to what was infamously declared as the toniest shopping row of New York – Bleecker Street? It is retail Mecca with the likes of Marc Jacobs, Brunello Cuccinelli, Cynthia Rowley, et al dotting the block but art has made an anchor with BSAC. The renovated interior with B & B Italia lighting and a sexy vibe with quality art to two exhibitions that night as captured in photos by Max Noy & video by Jamie Martinez confirmed that art is one hot ticket for this block. Bring it on Bleecker Street and give Chelsea a run for its money!
The opening on Thursday was for Matt Mignanelli & Ryan Wallace: An exhibition of New York curated by Jessica Hodin. The show consisted of new works by both artists who seem to complement each other’s work bluring the boundary between analog and mechanical modes of production.
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 colored plexiglass vitrines-housing identical cast replicas of rocks formations—and his “Tablet” paintings’ shimmering textures that are bound by contrasting borders.
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 public 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.
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Flat Field: A Group Exhibition / Matt Mignanelli & Ryan Wallace
Both On View: June 6 – July 18, 2013
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (11 am – 7 pm)
Bleecker Street Arts Club. 305 Bleecker Street. NYC, NY 10014.
text by: Oscar A. Laluyan
event photography by: Max Noy
video link by: Jamie Martinez