AFTER GRADUATING from the Tyler School of Art in 2007, Aaron Mannino found himself at a standstill. He had a lot of time, a lot of experience and a lot of vision — but no outlet to express it.
He then realized he could try to combine what he loves with a place he loves: the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park.
Mannino had first come to the house for a tea ceremony during college, and he eventually realized a lot of his artistic ideas were stemming from things he had picked up on while there.
This is clear when observing Mannino's current installation, "The Way Home," part of the artist's six-part "Shofuso Colors" exhibition now displayed at the Japanese House. Planted near the entry of the garden stand doors, the instillation is aligned in the manner of a folding screen. "The shape is something very distinctly Japanese, but I wanted to make it out of something very distinctly Western," said Mannino.