Digital Assemblage by Vincent Mattina
Reception: Fri, Oct 20, 7pm
In my art I explore the overwhelming presence of the digital age and it’s ongoing impact on the fabric of our contemporary lifestyle. I am concerned with subjects as diverse as biomechanics, environmentalism and the ever expanding realm of the N.S.A. on our privacy. My work reproduces familiar visual cues and arranges them into densely symbolic representations.
Often times themes are combined into a collage of technology set against old world imagery, that may often be embellished textural details. The juxtaposition of past and future establishes a dream-like surreal quality and suggests an other worldly realm out of time and space. My personal dream language provides clues to content and visual interpretation.
I work in the computer with photography for my digital collages and with found objects for my 3D assemblages. Although there may not always be visual similarities between the different series, they are all linked by recurring social concerns. The subject matter of each piece determines the colors, textures and the objects and images used to create it.
Each series often consists of multiple works, grouped around specific themes and meanings. I consistently research varied topics creating new areas of interest from which arises the next body of work.
Born in St. Louis, Vincent Mattina began his love affair with art at a very early age. Ever since he was first able to hold a crayon he knew he loved art. Throughout his early years and onto adulthood his love of art captured his soul. His passion and resolve to educate himself in the visual arts led him to Columbus College of Art and Design, where he graduated with a BFA in fine art & illustration in 1987. In 1990 he moved out of St. Louis and into the Los Angeles area. He gained recognition in commercial art by working in the Fashion, Marketing & Advertising industries.
Feeling the need to express himself as well as having a visual story to tell, Vincent decided to follow his first love and branch out into the world of fine art. He has had many art shows in various galleries while living in southern California. He has won numerous awards including "Best of Show", "Best in Category" and "1st Place." The most recent "1st place" was won in a juried competition at the "Holladay Fine Art Show" in Utah where he now resides.
Vincent is influenced by the dilemma of technology, environmentalism, our loss of privacy, and the spirituality of dreams. His love for the environment inspired him to bring discarded objects into his work. He feels the need to recycle, reuse and re-purpose as much as he can, and to reduce the amount of waste produced for the betterment of us all.
His richly detailed work will transport you to an alternate reality where science, nature and spirituality evolve. Vincent has shown in museums and galleries throughout the country and his works grace the homes of art collectors.
Location: Main Library, Lower Urban Room Gallery
Contact Information: 801-524-8200