Steve Mancione

Workingman's Art

I am a Chicago based artist who has always been drawn to what many traditional art critics might call "low-brow art".  Graphitti, comic books, and cartoons have always interested me most, I think because they are the most relatable to the public at large.  Making art for the .5% of the population that actually goes to "white cube" galleries doesn't seem practical to me.  Those people are all artists, art critics, or art teachers.  They already come to the work with predisposed notions of whatever theory they are currently regurgetating.  In my mind, it takes more balls to do artwork that everyone, from every class has access to.  A tag on a brick wall will be seen by more people than a framed work in a gallery.  But it's not exposure I'm after, it's opening up the vacuum sealed bubble of the art world to everyone, not just the people in the "art club".  I want people who would never walk into a gallery to be able to see my work.  Regular people without trust funds and people who have no idea what "post-modern" means.  My family, colleagues and friends are hard working individuals who will most likely never know a -shall we say - "priviledged" life. So that's who I make art for because I can actually relate to them and hopefully they can relate to me.  I guess I'll sum this up in a quote from one of my favorite childhood movies. 

"I make car parts for the American working man, because that's what I am. And that's who I care about."

                                                                    -Ray Zalinsky (Dan Akroyd)

Steve Mancione is a Chicago based artist and life long resident of the Windy City.  He has worked in many mediums, including painting and printmaking, but his passion is graphic narrative--namely--comics.  After a trip through art school at Eastern Illinois University, he moved on to Columbia College's Book and Paper program as a graduate student and received his MFA. He has published a short story in Columbia's comic anthology Linework in 2010 entitled Have a Nice Trip.  Steve self published his next story  Blue Collar Black Sheep as a large format gallery show, exhibiting the 44 pages of comics printed on his own hand made paper in 2011 at Arcade Gallery in Chicago.  In 2012, he started drawing and co-writing his own book Career Suicide, which debuted at CAKE in 2013.  He has participated in many group gallery shows and continues to work on new issues of Career Suicide as well as developing a new series to be named soon...