Archive for September, 2016

Student Artwork Update: Carole Katz

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

We are pleased to present portrait paintings by SVACE student Carole Katz, created in conjunction with the courses, “Realistic Portrait and Figure Painting” with Marvin Mattelson through several semesters.

Painting by Carole Katz

Painting by Carole Katz

Carole writes, “Drawing and painting have always been my greatest passions. I have a BA in English from Binghamton University and a BFA in Interior Design from Centenary College, as well as many years of fine art training. I have studied with master portrait artist Marvin Mattelson at the School of Visual Arts in NYC for several years. I’ve also taken classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC: duCret School of Art in Plainfield, NJ; The Art Students League of NY; The New York Academy of Art and The National Academy of Art.”

“For me, the most interesting and challenging subject in art is the human face. Each person is totally unique and presents a unique and interesting challenge with every new painting. Working to create a 3 dimensional likeness of a person on a 2 dimensional surface such as paper or canvas is the challenge that intrigues me and continues to inspire me.”

“In addition, I’m always inspired by color and patterns that I see around me and I use those inspirations in painting subjects such as still lifes and landscapes. My collage work is a fun way to express my interest in color and pattern.”

See Carole’s work in our exhibition space at 209 East 23rd Street until September 30.  Find more of her work at her website and Marvin Mattelson’s blog.

East Village Eye

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

“It wasn’t until I went to these alternative spaces where I met other artists who also felt like outcasts — and most of them were women and people of color — that I found a community.” -Anton van Dalen talks with Hyperallergic in a great interview about art, mentorship, the East Village, and pigeons. – nice projects.
Image via Hyperallergic

Image via Hyperallergic

Weekend Hot Links

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Happy Friday! Might we suggest recent art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community?

Image via WIRED

Image via WIRED

Cooper’s Closets (WIRED): The Cooper Hewitt’s digitization project includes putting 200K objects online. (via Kevin Brainard)

Persian Print (Fast Co.Design): A new magazine brings Iranian graphic design to the global stage. (via Jess Mackta)

Perfect Panels (The Creators Project): What good scene blocking and panel positioning can do for a comic. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Dead-end Design (Fast Co.Design): Design jobs of the future are moving targets. (via Lisa Lordi)

Rorschach Rhetoric (Ad Age): An abstract, animated election ad puts Trump’s words to the test. (via Mark Burk)

Building Bathrooms (Fast Co.Design): Design can transform a public restroom into a equitable space. (via Lisa Lordi)

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Faculty Updates

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Ruth Marten, Barbara Segal, Ilene Strizver, and Steve Brodner.

From "Fountains & Alligators" by Ruth Marten

From “Fountains & Alligators” by Ruth Marten

Ruth Marten was featured in The New Yorker for her illustrated collection, Fountains & Alligators. For the series, Marten uses ink and watercolor to seamlessly transform Victorian prints into “crocodile cohabitation” and other surreal, waterlogged tableaux.


Barbara Segal, “Black Candy” (Image via the New York Post)

Barbara Segal carves Hermés Birkins from stone, as described in the New York Post. The Post writes, “Her ‘bags’ are true to size and bear immaculate detailing, including the status tote’s signature leather folds, tight stitching and even the lock.” See her work in person in a group show, Emerging to Established, on view at Krause Gallery in NYC from Sept. 7 through Oct. 5.

From Ilene Strizver's "TypeTalk"

From Ilene Strizver’s “TypeTalk”

Ilene Strizver updated TypeTalk, her excellent typography blog at CreativePro. In “How to Work with a Lettering Artist,” Strizver consults leading lettering artists. Each artist describes a creative process that includes research, sketches, and digital output. The artists also share ideas about what they need from art directors: “Tips for a good job with me.”

Steve Brodner for the L.A. Times

Steve Brodner for the L.A. Times

Steve Brodner illustrated The Home Stretch, an Op-Ed parody for the L.A. Times of the last days of campaign 2016. Despite this election’s ceaseless absurdity, Brodner’s chronicles always find room for more.

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