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Faculty Updates

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to, besides preparing for Spring 2016 classes? We have exciting updates from Grant ShafferKeith MayersonIlene StrizverMatt Rota, and Viktor Koen.


Grant Shaffer at La Mama Galleria

Grant Shaffer will open a solo exhibition, Gay Arms, on February 26 at La MaMa Galleria. For Gay Arms, he will present a new body of photographic work. Shaffer writes, “When I’m taking pictures, I think of myself as an alien who’s here for a while, trying to understand the experience of my sliver of life on this planet.  It’s hard to say what my photos and this show are about.  It’s just intuitive.  It’s very personal and at the same time very public. It’s me trying to take in the world and asking people to notice or consider something.”


Tom Hart, “Rosalie Lightning”

Keith Mayerson, current faculty member, will speak with Tom Hart, recent faculty member, at a public discussion and book signing for Rosalie Lightning, Tom’s new graphic memoir. The book is based on the grieving process of Tom and his wife after the death of their young daughter. Keith and Tom speak on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7pm, Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway, New York City.

Sagmeister & Walsh, "The Happy Film"

Sagmeister & Walsh, “The Happy Film”

Ilene Strizver interviewed design titan Stefan Sagmeister for her TypeTalk series with Sagmeister speaks about his thinking process, his education, your education, and his dream job. One takeaway: “The current generation of design school faculty all learned about design in the 80s and 90s when ideas and concepts were king, and formal considerations were dismissed – including by me – as decoration. I now think that was wrong. Beauty is very much part of what it means to be human. Good-looking things communicate more effectively.”

Matt Rota for GQ Italia

Matt Rota for GQ Italia

Matt Rota produced new illustrations for GQ Italy about hackers that stole $45 million from ATMs throughout Manhattan. And Viktor Koen crafted a feature illustration for Scientific American magazine about the incredibly sophisticated tracking system our mammalian brain uses to find its way around, before we racked up points using Waze.

Viktor Koen for Scientific American

Viktor Koen for Scientific American

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Friday Hot Links

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Happy Friday! We want to share some interesting articles and stories shared online by the SVACE faculty and community.

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Experience Design (Fast Co. Design): Basic tips on VR design, with the user in mind. (via MFA Visual Narrative)

Good Trade (CBS Sacramento): Adidas incentivizes high schools to replace Native American mascots. (via Kevin Brainard)

Meet Stefan (Noisey): Noisey interviews Stefan Sagmeister, who helped make an art form out of CD packaging. (via Jon Newman)

Pin It (Engadget): Pinterest adds an image search function to help you shop, just in time for the holidays. (via Robert Stribley)

A Random Walk Down York Street

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Eight outdoor walls around DUMBO are now clad, inked, or adorned with monumental murals painted by an international selection of artists.  Produced through public and private partnerships DUMBO Walls, the series of murals packs a range of images within a four-block stretch of DUMBO along the BQE.  The images are representational, illustrative, typographical, abstract, and architectural.

Two-tree management: Mural by CAM

Participating artists include CAM, DALeast, Eltono, Shepard Fairey, Faith47, MOMO, and SVA faculty members Stefan Sagmeister and Yuko Shimizu.

This extensive project is being presented through the NYC DOT Arterventions program, which produces short term art projects on city assets; DUMBO Walls could appear for up to six months, according to DOT’s published guidelines.  Funding was provided by the DUMBO Improvement District and Two Trees Management Co.

"Yes!" by Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister and Yuko Shimizu exchange affirmations under the BQE, with individual, yet coordinated, murals bearing the exclamation, “Yes!” and painted by Coby Kennedy.  Sagmeister’s style, like the painted lines on the asphalt, is black, white, and sleekly hard-edged; it unscrolls in a Coca-cola-esque typeface.  Shimizu’s “Yes!” unfurls in the long tentacle of an octopus.  Cleverly, the artists coordinated their serpentine script, echoing each other’s over-under layering of the lettering.  The effect is that the octopus is mimetically voguing the script modeled before it.  Cool!  (Given the splashy, white-capped waves around the octopus, one wonders what he or she is doing with the other tentacles.)

"Yes!" by Yuko Shimizu

An emblematic mural by Shepard Fairey presides over the paved surface of Bridge Park 2, just a few blocks from the temporary gallery space where he exhibited his 2007 show, E Pluribus Venom.  Fairey’s DUMBO Walls mural features a woman carrying concentric symbols of peace; this image is flanked by the words “Justice” and “Peace.”  Fairey told Gothamist: “I’ve incorporated peace and justice in several of my images over the past few years.  Having to do something that the city is going to approve and making it pretty with these floral motifs, but incorporating the ‘Peace’ and ‘Justice’ in there, was a way to subtly get to people’s conscious and consciousness.”

Mural by Shepard Fairey

Two more murals stand out as bold interventions.  One lurks behind trees, but is worth beating back the bush.  If you do, you’ll find a phalanx of wide-eyed, colorful owls painted by NYC-based artist CAM.  The owls peer from the wall of Bar & Grill Park, painted in a style inspired by stained glass.  You can see their preliminary stages here.  I think they’ll be exciting to see in winter, without the curtains of leafy trees.

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Mural by CAM

But nothing can conceal the widest mural – at 200 feet long – painted by the American artist MOMO.  His is a primary-colored abstraction that features geometric shapes, spectral gradients, and cascading stripes.  The mural is a feat of impressive utensil dexterity; indeed, MOMO is known for working with handmade tools.

Mural by MOMO
"Hey, baby; what's your sign?" -"Stop."