Posts Tagged ‘painting’

Student Artwork Update: Exploring Multimedia

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

We are pleased to present Traveler, a group exhibition of artwork by SVACE students, including Erica Dingman, Sarah Johnsrude, Ivan Siikic, Marisol Santana and Hans Neumann. These students created their artwork in conjunction with the course, Exploring Multimedia with Shirley Irons.

Artwork by Hans Newmann

Artwork by Hans Newmann

The artists write:

“A traveler is not a tourist; she explores with an open mind and looks for unexplored paths, byways and detours. This requires above all a trust in the process. And a strong, questioning intellect helps too.

Whether the end is politically motivated (Dingman and Neumann), a formal and playful investigation of material (Johnsrude and Santana) or a poetic meditation on order, disorder and healing (Sikic), the work presented here shifts its boundaries, giving the viewer a new way to look at the world. In the painter and critic Manny Farber’s 1962 essay “White Elephant Art vs Termite Art,” he describes “termite-tapeworm-fungus-moss art” as “eating its own boundaries and likely leaving nothing in its path other than the signs of an eager, industrious, unkempt activity.”  The 5 artists presented here are good examples of this kind of investigative curiosity in their art.”

See more artwork at Marisol Santana’s website and Iván Sikic’ website and Instagram. Visit us to see this artwork in our exhibition space at 209 East 23rd Street, until June 30!

Faculty Updates

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from course instructors Jade Doskow, Elise Engler, Emily Weiner, and Pan Terzis!

Jade Doskow will speak at SVA about Lost Utopias, her ongoing photography and book project. Doskow is known for her rigorously composed and eerily poetic images that examine the intersection of people, nature and time. Her talk is part of the i3: Images, Ideas, Inspiration lecture series, which features photographers and industry experts, presented by SVA MPS Digital Photography.

Image via Jade Doskow

Image via Jade Doskow

Elise Engler is featured in The Times, a group exhibition at the FLAG Art Foundation that takes The New York Times as its point of departure. The Times includes over 80 artists, artist duos, and collectives who “use the ‘paper of record’ to address and reframe issues that impact our everyday lives,” according to the press release. Given Engler’s project, “First Radio Headlines Heard of the Day,” her daily documentations of news updates are perfect fit for the show – and above the fold.

Image via Elise Engler @drawitall

Image via Elise Engler @drawitall

Emily Weiner is featured in The In, With and Between Us at the Gerðarsafn – Kópavogur Art Museum, Iceland! Focused on four artists, including three MFA alumni from the School of Visual Arts, the show comprises “a research-based conversation around non-linear readings of place and time, language and translation.”

Pan Terzis opens up to The Comics Journal about printing, publishing, and politics in his collaborative practice. He writes, “Publishing other artists’ work has been extremely gratifying. I benefited early on from other people going out of their way to publish, promote, show, and sell my work so I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to the universe and it feels good to give other artists the same opportunity.”

Image via The Comics Journal

Image via The Comics Journal

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Weekend Hot Links

Friday, May 26th, 2017

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

Image via NY Daily News

Image via NY Daily News

Mature Work (Daily News): Staten Island artist still painting at age 103 receives CUNY honor. (via Steve Brodner)

First Step (Adweek): On the ingenious stunt that landed this ad veteran her first agency gig. (via Mark Burk)

Brand New (Quartz): Design nerds love these ’70s US government brand manuals. (via Jess Mackta)

Short Sweets (Cartoon Brew): Pixar launches its experimental shorts division with ‘Smash And Grab.’ (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

Seeing Through (FastCo. Design): Glass architecture is about to undergo a 3d-printed revolution. (via Lisa Lordi)

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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

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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