Michael Angelo Magnotta
East Lansing, Michigan
Created in 2015
Material: steel and wood
“I began with two gorgeous elements: aged burl and a curvaceous piece of farm implement with a textured patina. Combining these two elements into a coherent design that integrates the inherent nature of each into a new whole was my intent. Trees grow freely in nature; man imposes agriculture; this piece represents the sometimes uncomfortable juxtaposition of the two."
Magnotta has pieces in public art displays in Vandalia, Ohio; Valparaiso, Indiana; Hastings, Michigan and in the “Pure Michigan” building in downtown Lansing.
"My journey in the arts began some 30 years ago in photography - B&W, Kodachrome, 35 mm, 3x5 format, SX 70, etc. I loved the medium but wanted more texture, size, and input. Architectural studies in the New School of San Diego broadened my artistic horizons - materials, space, shape, form, design, construction. The imaginative use of these constructs, as exemplified by architects I admired, inspired me. The Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, beauty in the imperfect, the worn, informed me. In what felt like a natural progression, an outgrowth of interests and skills, I began welding in 2008. Long infatuated by this process, the first glimpse through the lens of a welder’s helmet of metal fusing together brought a thrill unsurpassed.
"My sculptures begin with a visit to the metal yard. From rusting piles of industrial detritus I carefully cull the shapes and forms which speak to me, giving those chosen a respite in my studio, where, slowly, those shapes are reborn, bringing new life to old iron.”
Magnotta is married and has three daughters and four grandchildren. He received a B.A. at Michigan State University and an M.A. at University of Detroit; studied architecture at New School of Architecture in San Diego; welding at Lansing Community College. He loves to travel, read, listen to jazz, play tennis, cook, create...
Please visit his website at www.magnottametalart.com.
5' high, 3’ wide, 8” deep
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