Matthew Vinci

(323)251-8554

new.vinci.art@gmail.com

instagram@MatthewVinciGlass

Artist's Statement

Living and working, precariously, in Los Angeles, CA as rents go through the roof is difficult. So I am lucky to be supported by loved ones as I endeavor down this looney road. Without their help, none of this work here would have been. For the wider world, I look around and see that there isn't help, typically.  There is, at best indifference and at worst malice in the commodification of our culture and selves.  An unexamined adherence to, and even a deification of what social scientists term "just world" fallacies.

Having said that, I am lucky to have an imagination that offers up florid, complex considerations of space and light. Sometimes I find them and sometimes they find me. All of these works stem from one such discovery made while taking art and architecture classes at the local community college. There, I happened upon the glass castings of Stanislav Libensky. His works have very obvious parallels with architecture and embody the best of it, really. Look up his "Red Pyramid" and "Space III", for example. If you are slightly awe struck by their sheer optical gravity and presentation of mystery, then we have something in common.  Perhaps I was struck a little harder than most though. Because, just a few years after first viewing them, and already a chronic pauper, I was full throttle pouring all my measly resources into the exploration of that wonder. Somewhere in the optical properties of glass some part of my brain believes that there is a useful addendum or optimistic critique, maybe, of the immense personal disquiet resulting from witnessing this world's unkept promises.  There is steadiness and love in quiet craft.  You definitely learn that over and over during the long hours of grinding glass by hand to a polish, And when the pandemic is over and I can marshal resources to begin again, I will aspire to offer more love, steadiness and wonder to whomever is interested.  We all deserve it.

 

 

 

Artist CV

Education:

2015   Corning Museum Glass Studio, Corning, NY.  Cold                   Work and Hxtal Lamination with Martin Rosol and                     Pavel Novak.

2014   Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA. Open Faced Kiln                   Casting with Lisa Zerkowitz.

2013   The Glass Studio, Highland Park, CA.  Casting an Lost             wax Casting with Cathi Milligan.

2012   Bullseye Glass Co., Emeryville, CA. Bas Relief Kiln                   Casting.

2011-2014    Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA.                   (Drawing, Design and Sculpture Courses)

2007-2012    Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA.                   Architecture Design and Drawing courses.

 

Scholarships:

2015   Corning Glass Studio, Corning, NY

2012   Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitions:

2018   Emerge, Bullseye Glass Gallery, Portland, OR

2017   Earth Recycled, Downey Civic Theatre, Downey, CA

2017   Chocolate and Art Show, The Vortex, Los Angeles, CA

 

Relevant skills:

           Architectural drawing, Architectural design and model             making, Pencil drawing. Open faced kiln glass                         casting, Wet saw. Wet angle grinder. Hand sanding                 glass. Grinding and polishing glass using lap                           grinding, angle grinding and cerium oxide buffing.