After five years on West 14th in Tremont, we’re moving–to West 14th in Tremont, directly across the street at 2687 West 14th. Join us for the Tremont Artwalk on March 14th for our grand reopening.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 Posted in exhibitions
Mastroianni Photography and Arts will be featuring photography by resident studio-mates Frank Lanza, Lindsey Beckwith, and me during the November and December Tremont Artwalks. All commercial photographers in our own right, we will be showing photography more personal in nature, but still related to our work. Frank Lanza will exhibit a recent travelogue series, as well as unpublished portraits. Lindsey Beckwith will feature sexy nudes from her boudoir work. And I will feature an ongoing series of intimate portraits of my daughters.
Join us Friday, November 8 from 6-10, as part of the Tremont Artwalk.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Posted in exhibitions
Girls on Film is a three part exhibition of new work featuring portraits of my daughters. Like the proverbial cobbler and his shoeless children, I rarely remember to do for my own family what I am paid to do for others, namely, create beautiful, formal portraits. However, there is a layer of familiarity and even reluctance with one’s own family which complicates the photographer/sitter relationship, and this series allows me to stretch out and toy with that dynamic, both allowing the subjects to become comfortable in front of the camera, and allowing me to direct them in ways to convey other ideas entirely. The use of the vintage film cameras, especially the large view camera, isn’t about nostalgia at all, but about process. As I tell my students (over and over again), process informs aesthetic, and the aesthetic here is one that is created by the need to slow down the entire photographic process. The bulkiness of the cameras–being fixed to a tripod, the low sensitivity of the film and the slow shutter speeds required, and the resulting need for careful and deliberate posing are all processes which result in the aesthetic of the vintage photographic look of the subjects themselves. This same kind of slow approach can be applied to new technology to result in the intended aesthetic, but with modern materials and capabilities. The process of developing film and hand printing results in the very real “old fashioned” looking photographs, while the process of digital manipulation and printing results in the very contemporary images and the ability to easily create the multi-panel collages of those photographs which are on display. The ongoing process of returning to the studio for multiple sittings results in the aesthetic of the recurring themes and variations seen in the different series. The portrait series include both contemporary technology and traditional silver based b&w photography, with digital print installations presented alongside hand printed medium and large format silver gelatin photographs. The exhibit will open on July 12, and will continue through the summer months with new work being added each month. The final opening reception will take place at the studio (2688 West 14th) on September 13 from 6-10pm, as part of the monthly Tremont Artwalk. The exhibit can be viewed on other days by appointment.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Posted in exhibitions
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Drawings, prints, and paintings from the archives by Steven Mastroianni
Exhibition opens Friday, April 12, 6-10PM. Closing reception with a performance by Malphonia on Friday, May 10, 6-10PM.
Early drawings, prints, and other work reveal patterns and themes which manifest themselves in my work to this day. This exhibit is a glimpse at seldom or never before seen artwork from the mid 1980s, and is a companion retrospective to my exhibit of early photography work from the same era.
As a young artist growing up, I used to create literally piles of drawings and artwork, all stashed around the house, and most, unfortunately, ended up in the trash. When I got to art school, I made a point to keep most of my work, and have done so diligently, carting several large portfolios and countless boxes of photographs and negatives from dwelling to dwelling. The work sat undisturbed and un-viewed for the most part, maybe catching a quick glimpse before being re-stored in a new home. All the while I was reminded of the regret of not having my childhood drawings, and so I felt justified packing and storing this material. In recent years I’ve finally begun to look at this old work, everything from sketchbooks and life drawings, to prints and paintings, and of course all of my photography from that era. I have been struck, that over 25 years later, I can trace themes and aesthetic ideas all the way back to that time, ideas I wouldn’t necessarily have been aware of earlier, but which have become very apparent now. I was also struck that a good portion of the work, while perhaps immature at times, really wasn’t all that bad!! Now, all of these years later, I’m inspired to pick up pencil and paper again (but that will be the subject of a future exhibition…)
So it is with great pleasure that I present another installment of my own personal retrospective, this time featuring mostly drawings and prints from the time just before I picked up a camera in earnest, and drifted away from drawing all together.
Monday, January 14, 2013 Posted in exhibitions
As we observe the 20th anniversary of the Tremont Artwalk this year, we are working on a series of portraits of some of the people who were involved with the Artwalk at it’s beginning, with the help of Jean Brandt and Rich Weiss. These portraits will be on display for the February and March Artwalks on 2/8/13 and 3/8/13 at Mastroianni Photography and Arts in the Tremont neighborhood.
Since the late 1980s, artists have been moving into the historic Tremont neighborhood. In September 1990, Tremont resident Jean Brandt exhibited the art installation, “Olde Stuff” by Terry Durst, in her storefront law office on Kenilworth Avenue. Two years later Ron Naso, owner of Studio Gallery on Professor Avenue and artist Robert Ritchie teamed up with Sandy Rotokowski of Edison’s Pub and The Literary Cafe’s Andy Timithy and Linda Baldizzi for a multi-venue Halloween art celebration. The seeds a “Tremont ArtWalk” were being sown.
Two months later, in December 1992, marked the opening of Wildflower, an exhibit and performance space in Lemko Hall, with another neighborhood “ArtWalk”. To celebrate, The Lit exhibited paintings by Tim Herron, another Tremont resident and proprietor of The Manly Pad. Herron customarily left his sketchpad at the end of the bar at The Lit, to be reviewed and even added to by others; echoes of this custom continue today in the monthly drawing club that meets on Friday nights in the back room of The Lit.
The first official Tremont ArtWalk occurred on February 12, 1993–the second Friday of the month. Seven businesses pooled their resources to promote the event, with a card designed by Mikel Mahoney that included the ArtWalk logo and a neighborhood map. These seven businesses included not only two exhibitional galleries but also Bookworm and Bugjuice (a bookstore on Kenilworth Avenue) and The Guerilla Theater.
From these humble beginnings 20 years ago, Tremont ArtWalk has blossomed, now boasting monthly participation from almost 30 restaurants, pubs, galleries, museums, churches, social clubs, boutiques and specialty merchants. Much of this activity would be hard to imagine without the tireless energy and creativity of local artists and residents who have made Tremont ArtWalk the premier monthly event in Cleveland’s original arts neighborhood.
Here are some of the portraits we’ve done so far:
If you think you or someone you know should be included in this exhibition, please contact me to set up a time for your photograph.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Posted in exhibitions
Join us for November’s Tremont Artwalk, when we present work by photographer Jason Robert Carroll, on November 9, 2012 from 6-10PM. The exhibit will run through November by appointment and will be open to the public again on December 14th for a closing reception.
“The moment after something happens, the echo of the event is still there.
Staring at a wall or an object, our mind begins to break down the surface.
Looking into a space, we project what happened there.”
My intent in these images is to capture a frame of time, a before and an after; to attune the viewer to the unseen emotions echoed everywhere we go. The images are a recognition that even in the most mundane places, it is likely that something meaningful happened there, somewhere along the line.
Even without people, places have depth, and they have emotional resonance.
Jason R. Carroll, 2012
Jason Robert Carroll is a photographer who has been creating images for over 15 years. From time to time, he has also been observed making sculpture, practicing architecture, teaching college courses and dabbling in real estate finance. Jason has a graduate degree from Cornell University, and completed his undergraduate work at Kent State University. He lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with his wife, Rose and their two children.
You can connect with him on Twitter using the handle @JasonRobertC, and on the internet at JCarroll.net.
Saturday, July 21, 2012 Posted in exhibitions
Mastroianni Arts is pleased to present new work by Jackie Romanak Zubal, including collage, jewelry, and hats. Jackie creates mashups of familiar objects and antique imagery into a new vision which is both provocative and funny. Join us on August 10, from 6-10 for the opening reception, 2688 West 14th, in the historic Tremont neighborhood as part of the August Tremont Artwalk. Light entertainment will be provided by our newly appointed house band, Malphonia. The exhibition will remain up for through the September Artwalk, and will have a closing reception on September 14, 6-10.
“Each of my pieces has their own story to tell. I talk to them and, at times, they talk back, occasionally darkening my mood but mostly they bring a bit of humor to the conversation. They always remind me not to take them very seriously. And so, with a wink and a nod, I hope my work speaks to you, too.” ~Jackie Romanak Zubal
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Posted in exhibitions
We’ll be on hiatus for the July Tremont Artwalk, but join us in August for an exhibition of new work by my fellow CIA classmate Jackie Romanak Zubal entitled “A Wink and a Nod”. Jackie has been creating assemblages, jewelry, and one of a kind hats since the 1980′s.
Sunday, June 3, 2012 Posted in exhibitions
Join us at Mastroianni Photography and Arts on Friday, June 8, 2012 (6-10pm) during the Tremont Art Walk for a survey of recent portrait work, as well as a special preview book sale from my personal collection. Music will be provided by the rock-star neutral stylings of Malphonia, who perform the work of 19th, 20th, and 21st century composers.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Posted in exhibitions
“HELLO my name is” is an photography exhibit curated by Victoria Stanbridge featuring eleven young and up-and-coming area photographers. The exhibit opens on Friday, May 11 from 6-10pm as part of the Tremont Artwalk. The exhibit runs through June 1 and is open by appointment as well as Wednesday, May 30 from 7-9pm and Saturday June 2 from 12-2.
Artists include: Cristina Romenello, Chris Kaspar, Judy Kohout, Carol Lesko, Simone Jowell, Steve Syd, Melanie Petrilli, Kayleigh McGillvrary, Diana Hlywiak, Joe Nicosia, and Victoria Stanbridge.