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)

Jensen is a sophisticated "masonry-style" portfolio template. The project detail view slides in from the right when opened. Its Index page accommodates multiple galleries, each with as many images as you want.

Special Features

Dynamic layout

Jensen dynamically and intelligently reflows your galleries based on the size of the browser window. By default, the first image in a gallery will be used as its thumbnail, but you can override that by uploading an image to Thumbnail Image in that gallery's Page Settings. When you click on a thumbnail, the images in a project are displayed vertically, and the thumbnails of all your projects are at the bottom of the page.

Index Gallery Controls

You can set the size of the gallery thumbnails in the Index with the Project Width setting under Size & Values in the Style Editor (note that this is a maximum width). Set the width of the overlay that slides in to show the project details with Project Detail Width under Sizes & Values. 

Page Width, under Sizes & Values, sets the width of the blog and regular pages.

Other controls for the thumbnails include:

  • Set the spacing between the thumbnails with Project Spacing, under Sizes & Values.
  • Show the project title under the thumbnails with Poject Title, under Options.
  • Set the transparency of the thumbnails with Project Opacity, under Sizes & Values.
  • Project Title Color sets the color of the title under the thumbnails (if you have it set to Show), while Project Detail Text Color and Project Detail Headings Color set the color of the text in the Project Detail drawer that slides out.

Index Page

The Index Page consists of a series of galleries. All galleries filed under Index will be displayed in the masonry-style layout described above, rather than as individual gallery pages.

Social Icons

If you connect your social accounts (do this in the backend under Settings > Social Accounts > + Add Account), the links will appear as icons under the main site navigation. The size, color, and style of these are editable in the Style Editor under Social Icon Size, Social Icon Color, and Social Icon Style.

How to Use This Template


Jensen works best with a fairly large number of galleries in the Index. To create this, add a new gallery page under the index section rather than the main navigation. Galleries that are added as pages will appear differently to galleries under the index.


Main Navigation 

One-off gallery pages, blog pages, links, folders, and empty pages can all be added to the main navigation. These pages will appear in the main navigation in the left of the Header.


Gallery Details

To add a title and description for any gallery (either a standalone gallery or a gallery in the Index), click into Page Settings at the top right corner of the Gallery View. The Navigation Title will appear as a link in the index navigation. The Page Title will appear at the top of the Project Detail view. The description will appear under the images in the Project Detail view.