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Matthew Hassell

Ballast Projects

An Independent Curatorial Initiative by Adam G. Mignanelli

Matthew Hassell



P1210035P1210035 MATTHEW HASSELL (1983)

Born in Weymouth, MA

Lives in New York, New York


MFA Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY

BFA University of Connecticut

Hassell’s current work is an amassing or collision of gestures in a common space, creating an omni-representational visual static. Hassell hopes to encourage imaginative and introspective investigation from the viewer in order to connect the eye and the imagination more freely. They are designed to differ subtly per each unique viewing, as well as in relation to the local light of their hanging situation.


Working out of Brooklyn, NY, Matthew Hassell is an avid painter and independent art critic. He earned a BFA from University of Connecticut before completing his MFA at Pratt Institute. His  evenings are spent viewing art while his days are busy painting and writing reviews of work he has seen. Matthew’s writing has appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYC ArtParasites, Idiom, and is self-published in his own personal blog titled Fragments and Reconstructions. Having partaken in various group shows since moving to New York five years ago, his work earned him a selection in NY Art Magazine’s 30 Artists to Watch in 2012.