Archive for October, 2015

Friday Hot Links

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Happy Friday! We want to share some interesting articles and stories shared online by the SVACE faculty and community.

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Bob Ross Marathon (Open Culture): Feeling stressed and/or unskilled? Get a season of Bob Ross for free! (via Kevin Brainard)

Typeface Pirates (WIRED Magazine): It’s easier than ever to steal and share custom fonts without paying for them. (via Ilene Strizver)

Lego my Wei-go (DNA Info): Donate gently used Legos to Ai Weiwei at the Brooklyn Museum. (via Robert Stribley)

 

 

 

Bushwick Beat

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Bushwick has proven to be NYC’s most lively and growing arts community.  This is no small feat, seeing as its competitors range from the ever-expanding blue chip Chelsea, with its horde of elite galleries, to the slightly more scrappy Lower East Side, where storefronts have been popping up from Chinatown to 1st street for a couple of years now.

Below are some highlights from a trip through the local gallery scene in Bushwick.  From established greats to newcomers, hidden gems to old hat and everything in-between, the variety of work is always a pleasure, even if not always a treasure.

We started with a visit to Microscope Gallery where a group show explored the interplay between technology and the construction of identity.  The show, entitled “Play,” features video, painting, installation and sound work by established luminaries such as Martha Wilson and Mickalene Thomas. Conceptually well-founded, the themes of “Play” unite the distinct voices of the individual artists who as a whole speak strongly about the pressures and absurdities of how culture portrays women.

Martha Wilson at Microscope Gallery

Martha Wilson at Microscope Gallery

We proceeded to TSA gallery down the hall for “An Argument for Difference,” where bizarre eggplant abstraction (compliments of Nicholas Hatfull) greet the visitor before a number of other little objects and colorful constructions.

"An Argument for Difference," at TSA Gallery

“An Argument for Difference,” at TSA Gallery

Leaving the Jefferson L stop, we headed to 56 Bogart, the converted manufacturing building off the Morgan Ave L that is home to an abundance of galleries and studios.  Here we visited Soho20 Gallery, where Lindsay Packer turned a number of small brown paper bags into otherworldly objects simply by the way they were lit.  Hidden in a small alcove, masked by looming black drapes, the incandescent bags were as visually dazzling as self-effacing and hilarious.

Lindsay Packer at Soho20 Gallery

Lindsay Packer at Soho20 Gallery

Black and White Gallery featured a site-responsive installation by Anastatia Ax in a rather advanced state of decay, aptly titled “THE WORLD AS OF YESTERDAY.”

Anastatia Ax at Black and White Gallery

Anastatia Ax at Black and White Gallery

 Samuel Laurence Cunnaneat shows off a series of powerfully textured and gnomic photographs at Theodore:Art

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Samuel Laurence Cunnaneat at Theodore:Art

 

 

An exhibition of contemporary art about socialism, “Really, Socialism?” offered a fresh look at practices of subversion at Momenta Art.

Paintings by Yevgeniy Fiks featured in “Really, Socialism?”

Paintings by Yevgeniy Fiks featured in “Really, Socialism?”

 

Finally, Life on Mars Gallery featured a new body of work by Todd Bienvenu, a painter whose imagery is sentimental for a grungy, crushed beer can styled youth offers proof that the crudest objects can also be the most cared for as well as the most loveable.

Todd Bienvenu’s paintings at Life on Mars Gallery

Todd Bienvenu’s paintings at Life on Mars Gallery

This is only a small selection of work on view at the dozens of galleries throughout Bushwick.  Make sure to check out the galleries featured in the article for more detailed information, and to check out their future programming.  We will be reporting on our favorites regularly, so look forward to future editions of the Bushwick Beat!

Faculty Updates

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

What have SVACE faculty members been up to?  We have some major updates from Matt Rota!

Matt Rota produced new illustrations for a story in GQ Italy about the lighthouse keeper at Cape Horn and his family in one of the most remote and southernmost lighthouses in the world.

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Matt Rota for GQ Italy

Matt also illustrated Brazilian prison gangs for Vice UK! You can see his illustrations at his Tumblr page.

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Matt Rota for VICE UK

 

Friday Hot Links

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Happy Friday! We want to share some interesting articles and stories shared online by the SVACE faculty and community.

Punk Posters (Print Magazine): Fantagraphics prepares a book collection of punk graphics. (via Steven Heller)

From "Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die" via Fantagraphics

From “Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die” via Fantagraphics

Resume Instagram (AgencySpy): Will your Instagram page get you an advertising job?  (via John Rea)

Scenius Bar (via 99U): Be a “scenius” and create every day to vitally connect with a creative community. (via MFA Visual Narrative)

 

 

Faculty Updates

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

What have SVACE faculty members been up to?  We have some major updates from Grant ShafferMatt Rota, Steve Brodner, and Viktor Koen!

Grant Shaffer did the drawings for a new line of Club Cumming glasses, trays, and mugs.  Find them at Fishs Eddy, where 10% of every sale will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Grant Shaffer's "Club Cumming" Plate

Grant Shaffer’s “Club Cumming” Plate

Matt Rota designed a tote bag for the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), illustrating the theme, “There’s More To The Story.”  Get one from CIR for free: Free tote. Listen to their podcasts here.

Tote bag design by Matt Rota

Tote bag design by Matt Rota

 

Tote bag design by Matt Rota

Tote bag design by Matt Rota

American Illustration featured Steve Brodner for his series of illustrations deconstructing Donald Trump! See the images here.

Trump by Brodner

Trump by Brodner

Finally, Viktor Koen has posted images from his ambitious SVA Philanthropy & Sustainability Poster Project in Athens! He writes, “Curating the best 24 entries from the entire last academic year is never easy but thankfully, their sequence and hanging order came together organically and helped the posters interact dynamically.” The show featured students in the SVA MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program. See images and his comments at his Tumblr blog.

Viktor Koen’s SVA Philanthropy & Sustainability Poster Project