This month’s exhibit at the Endless Mountains Council of the Arts gallery features many mediums.
One can find clay statues sitting next to an acrylic painting of a rooster. A sculpture/mixed media of a snake is displayed in the same room as an oil painting of Iggy Pop.
What makes this even more impressive is all pieces were created by one artist - Mike Trovato of Scranton - for a show titled ‘Remixing Possibilities’ on display at the gallery.
During the opening reception on Sunday, patrons were given the additional treat of listening to the strains of expert guitarist Chris Mullineux. This added to the pleasure of getting a close up look at all of Trovato’s creations.
“During this time of year, we usually feature two artists - a painter and a potter,” Gallery Director Marion Stroka. “Mike does both, so we decided to feature him exclusively.”
Trovato has worked in various mediums for the past 30 years.
“I love them all except water colors. I have no ability in water colors. But I’ve worked in everything else - including clay, metal and acrylic,” he said.
Trovato studied art at Marywood University. Although he did not obtain a degree, Trovato’s six-and-a-half years at the university had a profound influence on his artistic endeavors.
“What I do in oils came from my time at the university,” he said. “I also took classes in sculpture.”
Trovato has already read a lot over the years, and obtained a great deal of knowledge of art from books. But his interest in art came at a much younger age.
“When I was about eight years old, we had to move a lot. I didn’t have any friends, so when I came home after school, I would sit down and draw. I began copying things I found in Mad Magazine and take them to school. Everyone including my teacher told me they looked really good. As an eight year old kid, I began to see the possibilities of art.”
The reason he works in so many mediums, Trovato explained, is because he doesn’t want to get bogged down doing just one thing.
“I couldn’t do 20 pieces of just the same thing,” he explained. “I like to create whatever pops into my head. And it changes from piece to piece.”
One example of Trovato’s work which unfortunately is not on display at the gallery is a six-foot nude model in concrete. Trovato explained he was inspired by the work of Alberto Giacometti, an Swiss artist who specialized in bronze sculpture.
“I can’t swing creating in bronze because of the price,” Trovato explained. “So instead I worked in cement, which can be molded and is more affordable.”
Although he can’t afford to create in bronze, Trovato does employ a technique to make clay appear as if it is made of the metal. A bust of three faces has the tradition green patina associated with a piece of bronze sculpture even though it was molded from clay. Each face is noticeably different, and symbolizes a person at different stages in life.
“I like to make art,” Trovato said about his passion. “If I was stranded on a desert island, I’d make art out of coconuts.”
The exhibit is scheduled to remain on display through April 29.