Studio Updates

Studio updates from the photo-collage artist Mark Guglielmo

Oxford University Press picks my mosaic for Cover of new textbook

My photo-mosaic El Pintor Lincoln Camué | The Painter Lincoln Camué from my Cubaneo series has been chosen by Oxford University Press to be the cover and back cover of the new 5th edition of their popular Psychology textbook Sensation & Perception by Harvard University professor Jeremy W. Wolfe. Here's a look at the book's artwork.

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They also chose my photo-mosaic "Albero della Vita" to be the lead image for Chapter 4. The last edition of the book sold 5,000 copies and is used by undergraduate students in colleges and universities around the world. The thought of my artwork floating around classrooms, desks, bookstores, and book bags of thousands of young people makes me very happy. It's another exciting, new way my work can reach people.

Special thanks to Mark Siddall and everyone at Sinauer Associates for making this happen. I am very grateful for this wonderful opportunity. Here are some more pictures of the new book.

Cubaneo opens in Boston on Friday Oct 6th!
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BOSTON, MACubaneo is a new record-breaking traveling exhibition of photo-mosaic murals, interviews, and field recordings by Northampton, Massachusetts-based artist Mark Guglielmo. Curated by David Guerra, it runs from October 6—27, 2017 at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W Newton St, Boston, MA with an opening reception on Friday, October 6 from 6:30-10pm (Art Walk). There will be an artist & curator talk on Thursday, October 19 at 6:30PM and a closing reception on Friday, October 27 from 6-8pm, all in the gallery, free and open to the public.

Guglielmo’s images are a record of the ethnic and cultural heterogeneity that characterizes the Cuban people by going beyond what is commonly defined today as Cuban. Cubaneo is the term used in Cuba to refer not to the Cuban identity but to the ways that identity is expressed. Cubaneo then includes all the idiosyncrasies of Cubans including its reflection in Cubans’ unique contemporary language. While access to what’s Cuban may be achieved without even visiting the island, exposure to Cubaneo can only be achieved in Cuba, immersed and surrounded by Cubans. Only then can their behavior, including negative attitudes, their interactions and aspirations, their feelings and ways of being and living reveal itself. These mosaics capture the essence of Cubaneo, leaving behind the foreign and naïve views often used by other photographers looking to depict this island and its people.

For this project, Guglielmo visited Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Havana, and Viñales shortly before and after President Obama’s landmark trip to Cuba in March 2016, the first by a sitting US President in 88 years. In February 2017, Guglielmo returned to the island, this time to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, just two months after the death of Fidel Castro. An homage to Cuba at this historic moment, this project chronicles a dynamic and rich culture full of heart and soul.

Each mosaic is handmade by taping together hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual photographs. Neither a computer nor Photoshop is used. Culled from dozens of audio interviews, Guglielmo recorded in Spanish diverse Cuban voices and perspectives, which will be part of the exhibition. This is the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery. It debuted in Northampton, Mass in June 2017 and has since become the most attended show in the 40-year history of APE Gallery with over 3,500 visitors in 26 days. In February 2018, it will travel to galleries in Cienfuegos and Trinidad, Cuba.

Mark Guglielmo received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Haverford College, Pennsylvania in 1992. His work has been featured in Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, The Sun Magazine, Arts New England, and Preview Massachusetts. A former rapper and hip-hop producer, he has collaborated with Eminem, Cut Chemist, Evelyn Harris, and Young@Heart Chorus, helping to launch their Prison Project and still participates in weekly rehearsals with the incarcerated at Chicopee Women’s Prison and Northampton Men’s Prison. His instrumentals are the soundtrack to hundreds of TV shows including Pimp My Ride, America’s Next Top Model, and The Real World while his paintings and photo-mosaics are in private collections around the world.

David Guerra, Director of A R E A Gallery, is a lawyer and an independent curator based in Boston. He studied law at the University of Havana, Oxford and Harvard University. David founded A R E A in 2016 as an alternative to the contemporary art gallery, active in both the primary and secondary markets. A R E A is an interdisciplinary space to celebrate art, design and architecture. His passion for innovation in the arts has led him to collaborate on a variety of projects and exhibitions as a photographer and curator in Boston.

For more information, please visit markguglielmo.com or call Julia Cseko at 617-927-1717. For press inquiries, please contact the artist at info@markguglielmo.com or the curator David Guerra at info@area.gallery

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How I make my photo-mosaics

I am often asked how I make my pieces. Many people can't quite figure out my process just by looking at the finished product. Some mistakenly believe they are the product of one large photograph cut up into many small pieces. It's actually the exact opposite. Each large-scale mosaic is the product of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of small, detail, close-up 4x6 inch photographs taken from different angles and sometimes even on different days. Because of this confusion, I decided to document the making of my most recent photo-mosaic.

Over the span of 8 days, I shot 18 stop-motion videos using an app that triggered my iPhone to take a photo once every 5 seconds. I then edited the videos together and sped them up to reduce 28 hours of work into 2 minutes and 42 seconds. As is often the case, the initial idea is abandoned in favor of a final piece that bears little resemblance to both where I began and the actual view that was photographed.

"Bucanero, Playa Ancon," Trinidad, Cuba, Photo-mosaic, 2017, 46 x 68 inches

"Bucanero, Playa Ancon," Trinidad, Cuba, Photo-mosaic, 2017, 46 x 68 inches

I've been experimenting with photo-mosaics since the late 80s. One day, back in high school, I was sitting in my photography class, absent-mindedly leafing through an art book our teacher had left out for us. I came across a small picture of a photo-mosaic by the English artist David Hockney, called "Pearblossom Highway" and it blew me away. I instantly knew that I wanted to try my hand at that same style of art.

David Hockney "Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #2," Photo-mosaic, 71.5 × 107 in

David Hockney "Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #2," Photo-mosaic, 71.5 × 107 in

Over the next 20 years or so, I did a few small mosaics made up of 10-20 photos each.

"Tommy in Head Harbor," 1995, Photo-mosaic, 7.5 x 18 in

"Tommy in Head Harbor," 1995, Photo-mosaic, 7.5 x 18 in

Then, in 2007, I decided to finally try my first large-scale collage. It was quite an experiment. I went into Prospect Park one frigid winter day and lay down on the roots of a massive, old elm tree that had always caught my eye. Looking back up the trunk of the tree, and out into the distance, I used my film camera and proceeded to shoot 4 or 5 rolls of film, a total of about 180 detail photos. Then I had them developed as 4x6 inch prints and got doubles so as to have more ingredients in case I needed them in the composition phase. The finished product ended up very differently than a realist interpretation because of the angles I had chosen to shoot from, which was an interesting lesson for me. It turned into an abstract piece and set the tone for my future work, which combines elements from the actual scene I witness, yet often is mixed with different perspectives to yield a vision that is often imaginative and decidedly not literal.

"I C U," Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 2007, Photo-mosaic, 55 x 69” 

"I C U," Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 2007, Photo-mosaic, 55 x 69” 

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The Love Pours In

The energy is abuzz, the excitement palpable, people are showing up in droves. It's opening night for my new exhibition "Cuba In Transition: Narrative and Perspective." 

The overwhelming support this project has received thus far has blown me away. People of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life are having a profound, visceral connection with the work and are spreading the word. The gallery was packed for 4 hours straight, with estimates of more than 1,000 attending the opening. 

The press has showed up en masse with glowing features in print (Art New England, El Pueblo LatinoSpringfield Republican, Valley Advocate, Greenfield Recorder, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Preview Massachusetts, Take Magazine, El Sol Latino), on radio (New England Public Radio's Tertulia, WHMP's Bill Newman Show, and WTCC), and television (NBC22 Mass Appeal, ABC40 Better Western Mass).

A friend gifted delicious Cuban catering, two others all the wine, my favorite videographer Kazuhiko Iimura donated his services to capture the event (video above). The local Cuban and Latino community have embraced the work, a tremendous blessing I don't take for granted.

For an unplanned project hatched on the fly, it's been way more than I could have imagined. Where will it go from here? No one knows. Special thanks to all who came out for gifting me and super-curator Waleska Santiago-Centeno with this magical moment. I'll cherish it forever.

An elated artist and curator celebrating the fruits of our labor. (Photo: Ed Cohen)

An elated artist and curator celebrating the fruits of our labor. (Photo: Ed Cohen)

My Havana Haircut

I was walking the back streets of Havana with my friend Roger, just wandering, seeing where the day would take us, as I often do in Cuba. On a quiet side street, we passed a young man standing out in front of his house next to a humble assortment of hair cutting tools assembled on a tiny table leaning against the wall. 

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He had a fresh haircut, the lines were impeccable. We knew he was a great barber. So we stopped and each got a cut on the sidewalk under a tree, while the old ladies chatted in the doorway across the street and a stray dog lingered. I'll never forget it. To this day the best haircut I've ever gotten. It cost $1.  

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My new exhibition 'Cuba In Transition' running June 1-25 at A.P.E. Gallery

Mark Guglielmo Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective on view June 1-25, 2017

A.P.E. Gallery
126 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060
Tel 413 586 5553 | apearts.org
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12-5, Friday 12-8. Closed Monday.

Opening Reception: Friday June 9th 5-9pm with DJ Bongohead
Narratives & Perspectives from the Cuban Diaspora, A Bilingual Conversation: Saturday June 17th 2pm
Artist & Curator Talk: Thursday June 22nd 6pm
All events will be held in the gallery, free and open to the public.

Curated by Waleska Santiago-Centeno, Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective is a new exhibition of large-scale photo-mosaic murals, interviews and field recordings by Northampton-based artist Mark Guglielmo running from June 1-25, 2017 at A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St, Northampton, MA with an opening reception on Friday, June 9 from 5-9pm (Arts Night Out) featuring Special Guest DJ Bongohead.

Each mosaic measures 5 to 15 feet long and is handmade by taping together hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual 4x6" photographs. Neither a computer nor Photoshop are used. Culled from dozens of audio interviews Guglielmo recorded and conducted in Spanish, diverse Cuban voices and perspectives are presented on portable mp3 players. It is the New York-born artist's second exhibition with the gallery and will travel to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, Cuba in February 2018. 

Guglielmo visited Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa in July 2015 and Havana and Viñales in February 2016 before President Obama's landmark trip to Cuba in March 2016, the first by a sitting US President in 88 years. In February 2017, Guglielmo returned to the island, this time to Cienfuegos and Trinidad de Cuba, just two months after the death of Fidel Castro. An homage to Cuba at this historic moment, this project chronicles a dynamic and rich culture full of heart and soul, melded in the crucible of isolation: geographically, economically and politically.

A bilingual community conversation “Narratives & Perspectives from the Cuban Diaspora” on Saturday June 17 at 2pm will include six local Cubanos including Smith College Dance Professor Dr. Lester Tomé, Maricel Lucero, an ESL teacher at Holyoke's Paulo Freire Charter School whose father is a martyr of the Cuban revolution, Gloria Caballero, a faculty member at the MacDuffie School and researching her second Ph.D, Springfield resident Aristides Lima (80), who spent his first 50 years in Cuba, respected Cuban music expert Pablo "DJ Bongohead" Yglesias, and Miguel Periche, a Holguin native and founder of local Afro-Cuban dance group Iroko Nuevo. An “Artist & Curator Talk” will take place on Thursday June 22 at 6pm.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, curator Waleska Santiago-Centeno, a graduate of Harvard University's Museum Studies master's program, has mounted more than 20 critically acclaimed Caribbean art exhibits in New England, including "Nuestras Abuelas / Our Grandmothers" at UMASS, Wheaton College, Westfield Athenaeum and the Wistariahurst Museum and "Madamas: Women, Madonnas and Mothers" at Westfield Athenaeum and The University of Rhode Island. 

Sponsored by NEPR, Daily Hampshire Gazette, El Sol Latino, WGBY, and WHMP. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Poster by Francesco Belvedere at StudioGestalt.

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