Mattress Factory Announces Guest-curated Group Exhibition LIKENESS


PITTSBURGH, PA.- Portraits are everywhere. They are in our wallets; on our computers, cell phones and desktops; on the walls of corporate offices, banks and schools. But what precisely is a portrait or image of likeness? How do artists’ methods and materials evolve as technology progresses with break-neck speed? And in this age of user-generated content, who exactly is the artist?

LIKENESS is a group exhibition that aims to examine human depiction during a post-Warholian era in which new technology has played an influential role. It includes the work of artists Jim Campbell, Paul DeMartinis, John Herschend, Nikki Lee, Joseph Manino, Greta Pratt and Tony Oursler.

Elaine A. King, who is a freelance critic and curator as well as a professor at Carnegie Mellon University teaching Art History/Theory/Museum Studies, will curate the exhibition…..

Joseph Mannino was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1950. He received his B.A. degree from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Mr. Mannino’s solo exhibitions include the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Virginia; Montpelier Cultural Art Center, Laurel, MD; BACA/Brooklyn Arts Council, NY, NY; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; the International Sculpture Conference Exhibition, Oakland, CA; and the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA. He has participated in numerous group shows, including shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX; Pewabic Pottery, Detroit MI; Southern Alleghenies Museum, PA; Erie Art Museum, PA; Newark Museum, NJ; and Washington Square, Washington, D.C. He has been awarded large-scale commissions by Carnegie Mellon University and the City of Sacramento. Mr. Mannino’s work appears in the permanent collections of, among others, the City of Palo Alto, CA; the City of Sacramento, CA; the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL; the University of California, Davis, CA; and the Washington State Art Commission, Medical Lake, WA. He has been granted artist residencies at the Bemis Foundation, Omaha, NE; Ex Colonia FF SS Ballabio, Italy; Kunstseminar, Metzingen, Germany; Associazione Promozione Iniziative Sociocultural, Sardegna, Italy; the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, MD; and the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygen, WI.