Joseph De Mario

Autoportrait / Sunglasses © 2013 Joseph De Mario

Joseph De Mario lives and works in San Francisco. The visual artist and curator makes documentaries with Megan McHugh for Art Curved Straight. Their film Demolition:Troll was an Official Selection at the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival. It has also been presented at the Oakland Museum of California, the Paramount Theater and San Francisco’s Roxie Theater as an Official Selection at SFDocFest. Currently, he is working with McHugh on a project due to be completed in 2016 entitled Revolving Doors: Chris Fraser @ SF Camerawork.

Ryokan / July 4 from the series Are You There? © 2009 Joseph De Mario

De Mario also makes photographs, videos and installations.Two photographic series are War and Sports and Christmas Surrender. The current series is entitled Are You There?.

Many of De Mario's videos are performative and address the sculptural qualities of architecture and landscapes. A good example is hill where he videotaped himself running over a snow-covered hill one bright afternoon in Chicago's Lincoln Park. Other related works include avenue, landing and VideoDavid. Firebreak, a film he co-directed with McHugh, continues a preoccupation with repetition, abstraction and site-generated metaphors.

De Mario founded Bakery Art Exhibitions at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, a non-profit visual art exhibition program for emerging and mid-career artists. He was the Visual Art Curator there from 1999 to 2009 where he showed hundreds of artists from every region of the United States and many foreign countries.

High Wire from the series Christmas Surrender © 1994 Joseph De Mario

In addition to his work with Megan McHugh, De Mario has worked for and collaborated with many distinguished artists. He assisted sculptor Nancy Rubins in Los Angeles and San Francisco, created performance works with Martin Kersels in Los Angeles and built a site-specific installation in Chicago with Inigo Manglano-Ovalle. In 2010, he edited an unpublished book entitled Ave Pildas Black and Whites '62-'64: Cincinnati and Pittsburgh Jazz with photographs by Ave Pildas and a text by arts journalist Kirk Silsbee.

Self-portrait / Two Sides © 2010 Joseph De Mario

De Mario began to study photography with William Garnett while he was an undergraduate at Berkeley and continued at UCLA with Robert Heinecken. At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago he was awarded full Trustee scholarships for graduate study in photography, sculpture and performance, earning a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art at the School in 1990.

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