Posts Tagged ‘contemporary art’

Weekend Hot Links

Friday, July 29th, 2016

On the heels of an election history milestone, Friday is here! For weekend reflection, here are recent art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

Photo by Pablo Enriquez, via Designboom

Photo by Pablo Enriquez, via Designboom

Washed Up (Designboom): At Fort Tilden, a decaying building gets a spray-on make-over. (via SVA Interior Design)

Pushing Buttons (Print): Show your true colors with these badges of honor. (via Steven Heller)

Women’s Work (Artnet): Established and emerging female artists share advice to sprouting sisters. (via SVA News)

Laugh List (AdAge): How ad creatives and clients can connect over comedy campaigns. (via Mark Burk)

Pixel Problems (Motherboard): A psych professor posits perilous, pernicious pixel-pushing phenomena. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

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Weekend Hot Links

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Concluding a tumultuous week, Friday is here to bring weekend relief, or so we hope. In the meantime, here are recent art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

Image via Mashable

Image via Mashable

Legonauts (Mashable): Three tiny pioneers venture toward Jupiter. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Home Makers (New York Times): Shacking up in significant structures, surveyed. (via Jenny Kutnow)

Google Vision (Fortune): Google introduces paves a VR path for web development. (via Robert Stribley)

War Craft (The Creators Project): How many animators does it take to change a Lord of Light? (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Cosmic Caverns (New York Times): Gettin’ down with Kenny Scharf at Nassau County Museum of Art. (via SVA News)

Close Encounters (Untapped Cities): NYC’s least popular institution announces mosaics by our most popular photorealist. (via Robert Stribley)

Lemon L’Amour (Creativity Online): Chipotle returns to warm hearts as well as tortillas. (via Mark Burk)

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Faculty Updates

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Keren Moscovitch, Emily WeinerElizabeth SaylesMatt Rota, and Valerie Smaldone.

Keren Moscovitch opens up to Sarah Cho of NY Artists Equity about art, intimacy, ideas. Keren is an artist, faculty member, and assistant director of special programs at SVA, and for years, she has intertwined her artistic output, teaching, and leadership.  One highlight from the interview: “If I didn’t teach, I would have a very different relationship to my art practice. Working with students reminds me of what it takes [to be an artist] and the advice and feedback I give them will resonate in my head…”

Keren Moscovitch, "Fingers and Waist"

Keren Moscovitch, “Fingers and Waist”

Emily Weiner is featured in a New York Times story about alternative and artist-run galleries. The feature is a feather in the cap for a faculty member whose diverse experiences as an artist and gallerist led her to the course, “Contemporary Painting Lab: Artists and Techniques of the 21st Century.” Her view on the art world? “Artists are the tastemakers now. We don’t wait for galleries to pick us up.”

Emily Weiner of SVACE in The New York Times

Emily Weiner of SVACE in The New York Times

Elizabeth Sayles illustrated Malala: A Hero for Allnow a Top 20 nonfiction children’s book of 2016 at Amazon.

Illustration by Elizabeth Sayles of SVACE

Illustration by Elizabeth Sayles of SVACE

Matt Rota produced a new illustration for The Washington Post, depicting a hypothetical exorcism for an article about demonic possession. And in case you missed it, Matt recently illustrated a New York Times memorial about Muhammad Ali, written by Joyce Carol Oates.

Illustration by Matt Rota

Illustration by Matt Rota

Valerie Smaldone shared her voice-over talents in a new advertising video spot for Purina. the spot is the latest commercial update to her experience as an actress, radio host, and reporter.

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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

 

Faculty Updates

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Anton van Dalen and Valerie Smaldone.

Anton van Dalen simultaneously has two solo shows at separate galleries in New York City. Romeo will “focus on my street inspired drawings, raw works, mostly on paper,” according to Anton. And Sargent’s Daughters will “show more intimate poetic representations, with a mix of mediums,” he tells us.

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Artwork by Anton van Dalen

Anton’s shows are featured on ARTnews, TimeOut, and Artnet.

We reviewed Anton van Dalen’s 2015 solo show at PPOW Gallery, New Works and the Avenue A Cut-Out Theatre.

Valerie Smaldone, “one of radio’s most recognized female voices,” launched Hit Makers: Music Icons in Performance and Conversation,” a new conversation and music series. Read about Valerie’s “Music Makers” at Radio Ink and the Sheen Center.

Valerie Smaldone

Valerie Smaldone

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