‘Universal Magnetic’ an exhibition of new works by Rochester, NY artist St. Monci. Monci continues his exploration of color and form, how it relates to itself and to the viewer. Color relationships are emphasized by the curation of the gallery by the artist, focusing on the push/pull phenomenon of magnetism – a force observed through all objects in space.
The compositions are of subjects such as perception and matter, creating autonomous structures born of color and form that are constructed into dynamic and sometimes explosive matrixes of architectural and graphic elements. These structures are uncanny and meant to inform the language and nuance of color, whose purpose is to create a visceral reaction to the otherwise static elements of flat shapes. Alluding to principles of perspective is key, giving stoic forms of rectangles and lines filled with opaque washes of color and graphic pattern, a feeling of objectivity and motion through space and time. These futuristic constructions hinge on their own gravitational pull with a nexus of motion while hovering in solidarity.
St. Monci was raised in Puerto Rico where he lived up through his teenage years. He went on to study at SUNY Oswego where he received his BFA and MA. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York State, Oregon, New Jersey, California, Washington D.C. and Canada along with being a participating artist in the Sweet Meat Co. Collective and Wall\Therapy. St. Monci was most recently featured on WXXI’s ‘Arts in Focus’ with Evan Dawson. To get more insight of the work of St. Monci you can view the episode at http://www.artsinfocus.tv/segment/st-monci.