Archive for April, 2017

Bushwick Beat

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

On this segment of Bushwick Beat, we stayed close to the Jefferson stop on the L train, visiting group shows at TransmitterSchema Projects, and Sardine.

At Transmitter, a group show titled “Photo II” ran the gamut of photographic practices, from bizarre portraiture and still life to architectural abstraction.

Erin O'Keefe at Transmitter

Erin O’Keefe at Transmitter

The work of Erin O’Keefe was immediately arresting for its bold color and solid form. After the initial read, however, the status of the work as a photograph quickly came into question. With unreliable space, gradients, and shadows that seem too sharp, these images reveled in their ambiguous status, blurring the distinction between documenting real space and creating an artificial image.

Eli Durst at Transmitter

Eli Durst at Transmitter

Showing off an equally bold sense of form, the photographs of Eli Durst explored a deadpan surrealism that thrived in the harsh contrasts of black and white. A particularly striking image casts an apple against the reflective light of a table. The sharp and exaggerated shadow becomes a tangible form as the table fades into a blurred white.  With a minimum of manipulation and by simply harnessing the textures of things, Durst’s photographs become a light show of the weird mis-recognitions in the act of seeing, of visions that refuse to relay and stay stubbornly inert.

Irina Rozovsky at Transmitter

Irina Rozovsky at Transmitter

Irina Rozovsky’s work shared the high key visual intensity of O’Keefe’s images as well as the surreality of Durst’s photos, contrasting the austere composure of those artists with a fragile vibrancy of broken, complex things. As a result, her photos felt more documentary in nature, less focused on the artifice of the photographic eye than the makeshift enigmas found in the world.

At Schema Projects, “Archetypewriters” was a group show organized by ROE Projects, focusing on small drawings that used systems and patterns and suggested a kinship with writing. As a bonus, most artists also shared a love of vibrant color.

"Archetypewriters" at Schema Projects

“Archetypewriters” at Schema Projects

The drawings were tightly hung along eye level, with dozens of works by the eight featured artists. All of the pieces were engrossing, whether for the simple visual power of neon markers, the precision of a lace-work pattern, or the indecipherable rules that set a given work in motion. For this visual eclecticism, “Archetypewriters” managed to be one of the most visually impressive shows we had seen in Bushwick in a long while.

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Butt Johnson in “Archetypewriters” at Schema Projects

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“Process +/- Pattern” at Sardine Gallery

Finally, we visited Sardine gallery, where “Process +/- Pattern” put five artists together along the theme of process and pattern. In contrast to “Archetypewriters” and “Photo II,” this show featured work that did not immediately speak in unison, and varied considerably in medium and approach.

A video display of a self-erasing page of the Old Testament by Willum Geerts

Willum Geerts in “Process +/- Pattern” at Sardine Gallery

A video display of a self-erasing page of the Old Testament by Willum Geerts sat alongside a pattern drawing and paintings by Keigo Takahashi and Shane Drinkwater. A Tatlin-esque wall sculpture by Karen Tepaz was hung next to a woven work by Heidi Hankaniemi. The broad themes of the show invited this extreme variety; and while “Process +/- Pattern” proved less focused than the two earlier shows, it was a welcome abandon of their principled approach to medium.  The focus was instead what these objects shared despite their disparity – a commitment by each artwork to be what it was, whether followed through by the rule of pattern or discovered in the process along the way.

Transformer

Monday, April 24th, 2017

“The transformation of familiar objects into unfamiliar ones always holds special intrigue for me,” says Stephen Doyle, the artist behind our new subway posters, part of a 60-year legacy featuring the work of practicing faculty members. Hear more about Stephen Doyle’s process in this video.

SVA Subway Series: Stephen Doyle from School of Visual Arts on Vimeo.

Faculty Updates

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from course instructors Steve Brodner and Shelley Haven.

Steve Brodner and The Village Voice envision Jared Kushner as the Rat King, as Brodner’s mighty pen continues to take on Trump’s sword.

Steve Brodner illustration for the Village Voice

Steve Brodner illustration for the Village Voice

Shelley Haven announces several new exhibitions. On Sunday, April 23 is the opening reception at Victory Hall Drawing Rooms’ The Innocence of Trees exhibition in Jersey City, featuring ten of her oil landscape paintings.

Oil paintings by Shelley Haven

Oil paintings by Shelley Haven

In Yonkers is Yonkers Artists Showcase, where you can see Shelley Haven’s gouache painting, Wave Hill V, on view through May 26

Next month, visit Shelley Haven on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday May 7 for YoHo Open Studios and see her recent pastels, graphite drawings, and more. Say hello to Shelley in this video.

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Weekend Hot Links

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Happy Friday! Get creative this weekend with recent art, design, and culture stories shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

Radical Women (The Cut): The Brooklyn Museum honors the work of black feminist artists. (via SVA News)

(via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

(via Robert Stribley)

(via SVA News)

Color Code (FastCo. Design): Explore Le Corbusier’s color harmonies, in spaces and your mind. (via SVA Products of Design)

(via Mark Burk)

Viva Italia (Curbed): See Italy’s rich graphic design history celebrated in this new website. (via Jess Mackta)

Right Swipe (Newsweek): The plot to paper college campuses with racist posters. (via Steven Heller)

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Weekend Hot Links

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Happy Friday! Get creative this weekend with recent art, design, and culture stories shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

Image via National Geographic

Image via National Geographic

Northern Exposure (National Geographic): Christoph Niemann rocks the boat. (via SVA Galleries)

Light Ray (Village Voice): A closer look at punk draftsman Raymond Pettibon. (via SVA MFA Art Writing)

Big Birds (New York Times): Top brass champions public broadcasting. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

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