Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

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.

-Will Patterson

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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Student Artwork Update: Nicky Lindeman

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

We are pleased to present portrait paintings by SVACE student Nicky Lindeman! Nicky created this artwork in conjunction with numerous courses, including Portrait Painting with John ParksDrawing with Anton van Dalen, and Portrait Drawing with Alphonse Woerkum.

Artwork by Nicky Lindeman

Artwork by Nicky Lindeman

Nicky writes: “I have been working over the last couple of years on a group of portraits in oil paint and mixed media drawing material. It is an engaging process for me, the interpretation of a live model; mixing careful observation with an expressive response in color and line. Often the portraits feel like character descriptions in a short story. The results are always a surprise, never planned, like meeting a new friend.”

Artwork by Nicky Lindeman

Artwork by Nicky Lindeman

See Nicky’s work in our exhibition space at 380 Second Avenue, 8th floor, until March 31!

Faculty Updates

Monday, February 6th, 2017

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from course instructors Steve Brodner, Ruth Marten, Keren Moscovitch, and Tom Motley.

Steve Brodner follows the white rabbit into the shaky world of “Alternative Facts,” illustrating his own batch for The Washington Post.

Steve Brodner illustration via The Washington Post

Steve Brodner illustration via The Washington Post

Ruth Marten is featured in the New York Times for artwork exhibited in “Tattooed New York” at the New-York Historical Society.

(l) Ruth Marten, Marquesan Heads, 1977. Courtesy of the Artist. (r) Mike Bakaty, Big Panther, 1983. Photograph courtesy of Maury Englander.

(l) Ruth Marten, Marquesan Heads, 1977. Courtesy of the Artist. (r) Mike Bakaty, Big Panther, 1983. Photograph courtesy of Maury Englander.

Keren Moscovitch opens up about her new multidisciplinary project, “One More Way Files,” debuting this week at LABA, NYC! Keren writes:

“The way we tell stories and pass them between oral and written formats – is a collective erotic expression that works in concert with humankind’s intellectual and spiritual traditions.”

Keren Moscovitch image via LABA

Keren Moscovitch image via LABA

Tom Motley gets real in this drawing for The Brooklyn Rail, part of an ongoing series of drawings for that banner.

Tom Motley drawing via The Brooklyn Rail

Tom Motley drawing via The Brooklyn Rail

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Student Artwork Update: Miguel Reyes

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

We are pleased to present animation artwork by SVACE student Miguel Reyes, created in conjunction with the courses, “Animation: An Introduction” with Martin Abrahams and “Casting for Animators” with Dee LaDuke.

Artwork by Miguel Reyes

Artwork by Miguel Reyes

Miguel Reyes is a Mexican artist currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his Visual Arts degree at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. His work has been shown in Mexico, US, France, and Spain in more than ten different exhibits. He is now turning his career towards visual development, character design and illustration in the field of animation.

See Miguel’s work in our exhibition space at 380 Second Ave, 8th floor, until October 31.  Find more of his work at his website.