Notte Luminosa - The Photographs of Thomas Mezzanotte

Category: Art
Location: Curtis Gallery

Thomas Mezzanotte, a Fairfield Arts Council Artist of the Year, 2010, will present an exhibition of his photography entitled “Notte Luminosa at New Canaan Library’s H. Pelham Curtis Gallery. The show runs through April 6, 2014. 

Mr. Mezzanotte’s work is particularly unique in that all photos are shot using an extremely rudimentary camera, not unlike the original camera obscura of Vermeer and Canaletto. Using a cardboard packing crate, an inexpensive magnifying glass and duct tape, Mezzanotte creates a simple and limited camera. “Aesthetic qualities of photographs are limited by the manufacturers of the equipment used to capture and process the image, “states Mezzaanotte. “ By building my own equipment and making my own materials, I strip the process of complexity and regain total control.”

Mezzanotte notes that the refinements and technology of the modern camera, driven by aesthetic conventions that developed over the years, resulted in a loss of some of the mystery found in uncorrected images.

Thomas Mezzanotte has been exploring the potentials of the photographic medium for over thirty years. He was educated at the University of Bridgeport where he became the director of the Carlson Gallery in the late eighties. He teaches in schools across Connecticut as a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Master Teaching Artist. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. He has held solo shows at, among others, New York University, New York, NY, and The Silvermine Guild Gallery, New Canaan, CT, and has participated in shows at The Santa Fe College of Art, Santa Fe, NM; Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR; and The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. Mr. Mezzanotte has won numerous grants and awards including two Connecticut Commission on the Arts individual artist grants. His work was featured in the book The Art of Enhanced Photography by Rockport Press.

“Notte Luminosa” is sponsored by the Art Committee, Friends of New Canaan Library. The curator for this show is Laura Einstein.