Vincent Mattina

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This piece by artist Vincent Mattina is named “The Deconstruction of City Hall”. The LA icon is used as the focal point of this piece and is part of his “Lost Angeles” series. Having moved to Los Angeles in the 1990’s his series clearly has a very personal element to it. His inspiration stems from an original photograph of city hall taken in 1959. From this starting point Mattina went to the same location and rephotographed it. He has edited his own photograph, the tip of city hall appearing the same as when the building was first constructed. However, the title of the piece presumably aims to convince the audience that it is in a state of “deconstruction” instead. Mattina states how he explores the “juxtaposition of past and future” and this idea is apparent in his piece. It leaves an element of visual interpretation as to what time period the different elements of this piece stem from. Introduction of other elements in this digital collage are notable through the use of the sea. Mattina also looks at the juxtaposition of the natural and man made, evident in this piece as these large architectural designs appear to rise out of the water. He also introduces the pier, which sits centrally in the piece. What is common with both pieces of architecture is they are both damaged. This brings about a theme of decay. Mattina comments on how much of his work looks at “social concerns” which is important as it makes the audience contemplate what his message may be. His design could suggest the temporary nature of man made objects in contrast to the natural world. Alternatively he could suggest the damaging impact man made designs are having upon the natural world. Overall what I think is best about Mattina’s design is the depth he manages to create. He manages to bring a manufactured setting to life and create a very real looking image.

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