Fernando Mastrangelo (1978) uses atypically commonplace materials – such as salt, coffee, sand, glass and cement – to cast sculptural objects that inextricably entangle fine art and design disciplines. Amalgamating commodity materials and pure geometric form, the works are intriguingly contradictory; they are both rugged and refined, durable and delicate, formal and functional. Precisely because of their hybrid natures, each work shatters the potential for contextual singularity. Instead, these free-standing and wall-hanging sculptural pieces resonate across a panoramic, multidisciplinary spectrum – spanning formal, social, historical, mathematical, and even religious subject matters. Mastrangelo enlists an unrelentingly fastidious fabrication process to achieve these liminal harmonies, through which he is able to expand our experience of everyday materials, granting them an otherwise unnoticed cutting-edge, sophisticated minimalism.
Fernando Mastrangelo has exhibited extensively throughout the US and internationally. His work has been written about in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Architectural Digest, LUXE, Juxtapoz, Fast Company, Frame, Modern Painters, Interview Magazine, Cultured Magazine, where he is also a contributing editor, Flaunt, Whitewall and others. In 2008, the Brooklyn Museum acquired one of his works, subsequently exhibiting it in their critically acclaimed 2012 Connecting Cultures show. Additionally, Mastrangelo is the founder of a design firm MMATERIAL that runs out of his Brooklyn studio. Prior to pursuing his career in the arts & design, he worked as an assistant to Matthew Barney.