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Michael Magnotta

550 whitehills dr
East Lansing, MI 48823, U.S.A.
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Phone: 517-980-0308
URL: http://magnottametalart.com

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 My journey in the arts began some 35 years ago in photography.  Architectural studies at the New School of Architecture, San Diego,  broadened my artistic horizons.  I learned how the integration of materials in a thoughtful design impacts the environment.

 

It is a seamless transition from architecture to sculpture.  Direct  metal sculpture - using the remnants  and cast-offs of our mass-production society to create art is where I find expression today.  With inspiration from the masters  my work rises from my experiences and things I love - jazz, space, nature, mankind, and beauty in all its manifestations.  The Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi,  beauty in the imperfect and the natural time-worn patina, resonates in my art.

 

My sculptures typically begin with a trip to the metal yard.  There, among the industrial detritus, I gather my palette, much as a painter chooses their paints.  From the shapes and textures I cull, a conversation takes place - a visual conversation - that results in the three dimensional work that comprises my oeuvre.