There is a refinement to Matt Mignanelli’s paintings that comes from finding his niche and capitalizing on it. The closer one gets to one of Mignanelli’s paintings, however, the more human they feel. The artist uses industrial materials like enamel and house paint, whose viscosity is made more apparent when dripping off the end of his brush and landing directly on the canvas. While his paintings could pass for a pristine silk screens, each is hand painted, which reinforces the artist’s precision. After observing the paintings in detail, the viewer should step back and experience the sensation of Mignanelli’s illusionism come to life as two dimensions become three.

Matt Mignanelli graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.