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)


I am teaching a class titled "The Visual Language of Storytelling" at The Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) this Summer! I'll be teaching concepts in visual storytelling that can be applied to story-boarding, film-making, and COMICS!

Learn how to convey your story using visual techniques and writing devices that translate directly into clear, sequential artwork. When you leave this class you will have a story in both forms–script and finished artwork.

Classes are Thursdays from August 4th – September 8th, 6:30pm – 9pm. The class is limited to 8 students, ages 18+. The size is rather small to guarantee each student receives the attention they need to realize their story’s potential. You will learn concepts that can be applied to a variety of mediums including screenplays, storyboarding, and all forms of comic/graphic narrative. All skill levels welcome

Click HERE to check it out and SIGN UP! cheers, Steve.