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Weekend Hot Links

Friday, June 24th, 2016

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

Image via Artspace

Image via Artspace

Modernism Modified (Artspace): This art historian revises lessons about modernist art. (via SVA Residencies)

Voting Design (The Washington Times): How a designer prevents election mix-ups. (via Jess Mackta)

Less Shameless (FastCo.Design): The road to creativity is paved with seamless ideas. (via Lisa Lordi)

Contra Consistency (The Drum): Is consistency bad for design and branding? (via Kevin Brainard)

Complete Package (ADWEEK): Getting creative with consumer packaged goods. (via Mark Burk)

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Student Artwork Update: Kyle Rose

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

We are pleased to present comics artwork by SVACE student Kyle Rose, as part of our exhibition of student work from Tom Motley’s courses. Kyle created his work in and in conjunction with Illustration and Cartooning courses through several recent semesters.

Kyle Rose, “The Working Stiff"

Kyle Rose, “The Working Stiff”

In his own words:

Kyle has been an artist almost as long as he has been a nerd. He received a BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University and has been taking CE classes at SVA for the last 3 years. He has worked as a designer/art director in advertising for almost a decade. His real passion is telling stories— some with images, some with words, but usually with both. His comic strip “The Working Stiff” can be found at and his autobio comics can be found at He lives in New York City with his wife, Liza, and their cat Izzy.

Kyle Rose, “The Working Stiff"

Kyle Rose, “The Working Stiff”

He also writes:

“The Working Stiff” is about a sentient zombie who holds down an office job in New York City— because even the dead have to make a living. It started as a limited run webcomic gag strip and has now turned in to a weekly ongoing series. I plan on collecting the first year of the strip in print this fall. While this project isn’t something I directly created for a specific CE class, it wouldn’t have been possible without them. Everything I have learned from that last 3 years has culminated with this strip and it continues to evolve with every additional class I take. You can find it at or on Tapastic at


“The Cover Up” is a short story that is part of my larger autobio body of work, collectively called “Composed Comics.” And if you are wondering, yes not only I did get the job, but I still work there today. This short was created initially as a mini-comic for Tom Motley’s “Cartooning Basics” course. Since then it has been slightly fine-tuned and will appear in, Emanata, an anthology I have put together with several other SVA CE students. Emanata will be available in local comic shops and online very soon. You can find “The Cover Up” at or as part of the forth coming anthology: “Emanata”, follow for updates and places to buy.

Kyle Rose, “The Cover Up"

Kyle Rose, “The Cover Up”

See Kyle’s work in our exhibition space at 209 East 23 Street until June 30!  Find more of Kyle’s work at his website and Twitter and Instagram: @mrkylerose.

Weekend Hot Links

Friday, June 17th, 2016

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


Image via Tech Insider

Logo Losers (Tech Insider): The worst logos of all time? (via SVA News)

Turtle Power (Vulture): How TMNT hatched a comics media boom, and bust. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Sister Cinema (New York Times): This year’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival looks at women’s rights around the globe. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Lois Legacy (Print Mag): Granted a major award, George Lois speaks truth to power. (via Steven Heller)

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Urban Renewal

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Anton van Dalen is back with simultaneous solo shows at downtown galleries. Roughly one year after “New Works and the Avenue A Cut-Out Theatre” at PPOW Gallery, van Dalen presents work in a range of media at Romeo and Sargent’s Daughters. His vision encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, and environments, recapitulating 50 years of exhibition history for today’s emerging galleries and their audiences.

Anton van Dalen: The Devil’s Veil at Romeo

Both shows are exquisite, but most impressive are van Dalen’s graphite drawings in The Devil’s Veil at Romeo. Created in 2005-6 and uniform in scale, they reveal a collage sensibility organized by crisp Euclidean geometry. Into schematic plans that read like maps or flow charts, he plugs logos, facial features, and the human figure. In one thread of the series, a circular head seems to ride atop carriage wheels. Like Pac-Man, it gobbles everything in its path, which mostly includes token brand identities. These logos track along assembly-line paths as they cycle into and out from the rolling head’s sensory nodes. Van Dalen’s behaviorist man-machine is ensnared in a cycle of consumption and perception, perception and consumption: “I chomp, therefore I am.” Powered by Pop and enviable draftsmanship, van Dalen summons up Francis Picabia, Max Ernst, J.G. Ballard, James Rosenquist, and De Stijl design.

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At Sargent’s Daughters, van Dalen presents Inside Out, Home and Place, an eclectic and colorful counterpart to the Romeo show that renews some of the artist’s vintage work. Bird Car (1987) is the centerpiece, a faux-mobile pigeon coop repopulated with live birds. It’s no match for his vigorous drawings, but pigeons are inseparable from the artist’s repertoire and biography. The real gem of the show is Flowers in My Eye (1965), a surreal animated video combing humanity and nature. Given the serial production of van Dalen’s drawings at Romeo, one can only wonder when animation might call him back.

Anton van Dalen, “Flowers in My Eye” at Sargent’s Daughters


Weekend Hot Links

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Illustrated by Neal Adams

Illustrated by Neal Adams

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

Gloves On (Polygon): When two heroes fought for the title of Earth’s champion. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Cut-out Cinema (Vox): She pioneered silhouette animation. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Nice Work (GoodCall): The future of design jobs? (via Jess Mackta)

Type Terms (Supremo): Here’s the ultimate typography cheat sheet. (via Lisa Lordi)

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