Posts Tagged ‘Elizabeth Sayles’

Faculty Updates

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Elizabeth Sayles, Matt RotaSara VaronCarl Potts, and Steve Brodner.

Illustration by Elizabeth Sayles

Illustration by Elizabeth Sayles

Elizabeth Sayles of SVACE illustrated Malala: A Hero for All, a new book about Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize!

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Matt Rota is included in Ballpoint: A Group Show at Sugarlift in Brooklyn. Ballpoint also features Mu Pan, an SVA alum. The show will also celebrate the launch of Matt’s new book, The Art of Ballpoint (Murdoch Books). Read our interview with Matt about his book.

Sweaterweather by Sara Varon

Sweaterweather by Sara Varon was reviewed by the blogRead Now Sleep Later. One highlight: “Her stories have the cumulative warming effect of a fuzzy-soft sweater, warm socks, and the best cup of hot cocoa.”

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Another review of faculty work is from Starburst Magazine for Last of the Dragons by Carl Potts. Endowing the work with 8/10 stars, the review reads, “This is a well-written comic book series that will leave you waiting for a sequel.”

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Steve Brodner’s recent Village Voice cover

Steve Brodner will participate in Freedom of Expression in a Changing World: What Cannot Be Saidan upcoming conference at UC Irvine and USC. Steve recently spoke at POW! Mighty Art That Takes No Prisoners and Strips, Politics, Cartooning with Liniers.

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Faculty Updates

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Keith Mayerson, Elise Engler, Elizabeth Sayles, and Steve Brodner!

Studying Keith Mayerson's painting at Marlborough Chelsea

Studying a Keith Mayerson painting at Marlborough Chelsea

Keith Mayerson opened My American Dream, a solo show and retrospective at Marlborough Chelsea! Like a bride’s attire, the show combines “Something old, something new, something borrowed!” Keith’s new paintings mix with “vintage” work dating back to 1997 – including paintings borrowed back from private collections and museums! It’s a museum-level show for a museum-level artist.

 

Keith Mayerson, "My American Dream" at Marlborough Chelsea

Keith Mayerson, “My American Dream” at Marlborough Chelsea

Keith Mayerson and friends

Keith Mayerson and friends

Elise Engler opened A Year on Broadway at Robert Henry Contemporary in Bushwick! The show collects prints of drawings she made of every block of Broadway in Manhattan – as reported in The New Yorker!

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From "A Year on Broadway" by Elise Engler

From “A Year on Broadway” by Elise Engler

Elizabeth Sayles shares images and insights in a feature and interview at Kathleen Temean’s Writing and Illustrating blog! The interview is rich with images and candid discussion about Elizabeth’s work.

Illustrations by Elizabeth Sayles

Illustrations by Elizabeth Sayles

Finally, Steve Brodner will participate in POW! Mighty Art that Takes No Prisoners, a panel discussion about art and politics.  Details here.

Caricatures by Steve Brodner

Caricatures by Steve Brodner

The Ghost Army Exhibition

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

SVACE faculty member Elizabeth Sayles has curated a special exhibition featuring the artwork of “The Ghost Army!”

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“Cafe de L’Est” by William Sayles, 1944

Nicknamed “The Ghost Army,” the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops comprised a select group of artists recruited by the U.S. Army in 1943 to deceive the enemy through camouflage and artifice.  The 1,100 men of The Ghost Army were embedded in the battlefields of Europe, ordered to design the illusion of large battalions and conceal the presence of soldiers.  Their “mission was to fool the Germans — with battalions of rubber dummies and inflatable artillery — into thinking that there were huge concentrations of troops and matériel where there weren’t,” as Steven Heller sums it up.

Victor Dowd drawing in Normandy, 1944

Victor Dowd sketching somewhere in Europe, 1944

 

In between missions, the artists would venture out with pencils, inks, and watercolors to capture their surroundings with drawings and portraits of the people, architecture, and views around them. “We were sleeping in hedgerows and foxholes. But nothing kept us away from going someplace to do a watercolor.”-Ghost Army artist John Jarvie

 

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Pages from “The Ghost Army of World War II by Elizabeth Sayles and Rick Beyer

 

Prompting the exhibition, The Ghost Army of World War II is a new book co-written by Elizabeth Sayles and Rick Beyer.  It tells the Ghost Army story and features its artwork.  To bring the artwork out of the book and onto gallery walls, Elizabeth, whose father served in The Ghost Army, has hunted down this artwork and designed the exhibition.  To see original watercolors, drawings, and sketches of The Ghost Army (including three works by Ellsworth Kelly!), visit the Salmagundi Club.

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Flyer for the Salmagundi Club exhibition

 

 

The Birth of Quill

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Your "Peace" in the Show: Joe Flood with Keith Mayerson

Curated by artists’ artist Keith Mayerson, the neo-NeoIntegrity (or post-NeoIntegrity) migrates from Chelsea to SoHo, where, 15-20 years ago, it would have been in the capitol of the art world.  The first incarnation at Derek Eller Gallery in 2007 felt like the Justice League Satellite, a zero-gravity chamber of unimpeachable art that surely anticipated Reporta Smith’s recent summoning for “art that seems made by one person out of intense personal necessity, often by hand.”  And this show does, too.

Inside the gallery at MoCCA (the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art), the show seems as far from Chelsea as Narnia, Gotham City, or Krypton, despite the presence of the Chelsea canonized Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Ellen Berkenblitt, Carroll Dunham, and Peter Halley.  And has the Whitney been by to see the Ad Reinhardt collages?

Big balls in a square-paneled world: Keith Mayerson's shout-out

Visitors to NeoIntegrity: Comics Edition might recall recent “visitations” in Chelsea from this alien planet: Basil Wolverton at Gladstone Gallery (2009), R. Crumb at David Zwirner (now), Thomas Woodruff at P.P.O.W. (2008), David Shrigley at Anton Kern (2008) and many other shows of artists working in sequential imagery, grotesque countenance and figuration, and mostly pencil and ink.  Keith Mayerson’s own mini-retrospective and end-of-empire narrative Both Sides Now at Paul Kasmin Gallery (2009) shuttled back and forth between these worlds.

(l) MoCCA Chairwoman Ellen S. Abramowitz, youngsters, MoCCA Director Karl Erickson

Generously funded by School of Visual Arts, a longtime fount of cartooning and illustration talent, Keith’s massive project includes over 200 artists and four or five times as many drawings, paintings, sculptures, and videos.  Hot!  The tiny gallery is packed from floor to ceiling, and you really have to watch your step, too.

Krazy Kats: (l-r) Artists Michael Magnan and TM Davy, muse Liam O'Malley, and artist Scott Hug

The bifocals crowd might struggle with the abundance of 10-pt handwritten text extruded throughout the paneled pages, and there is enough black-and-white action to make any newspaper’s editorial page see red.  But that just means that it’s even more of a knockout to see full-color from chromo sapiens such as Dana Schutz, David Sandlin, and John Wesley.  An “Adults Only” section designed by artist TM Davy includes grown-up material ranging from suggestive homoeroticism and explicit T&A to downright  obscenity – more, please!  Here, you’ll find a really beautiful and moody package from James Siena and a multivalent Shel Silverstein that gazes inward, outward, and downward, all at once.

Gold-Medal winning illustrator Yuko Shimizu, SVA MFA '03

More pictures to come after the rain subsides, but the photos today are from the opening reception last week.

IMAGES: Michael Bilsborough