Posts Tagged ‘Village Voice’

Faculty Updates

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Steve BrodnerViktor Koen, and Grant Shaffer.

Steve Brodner for the Village Voice

For the current Village Voice cover, Steve Brodner brings together concept and composition in an illustration that demonstrates the disturbing and absurd qualities of Donald Trump’s dominance of the 2016 election primaries. See Brodner’s Trump illustration for The Nation for an extra serving of Trump scrutiny.

Viktor Koen in Graphis Typography 3

Viktor Koen in Graphis Typography 3

Graphis Typography 3 features Viktor Koen’s “Artphabet” from “The ABCs of SVA” subway posters. “The tome presents work by some of the top international design and type design masters in the industry,” according to Graphis. Viktor is a prolific illustrator who deserves a print record of his work, which already thrives in digital formats.

Painting by Grant Shaffer

Painting by Grant Shaffer

Grant Shaffer was included in La Mama Family Show at La Mama Galleria.  For the annual La MaMa Family Show, artists and staff from throughout the institution’s 54 year history are invited to contribute pieces of art for display. Also, Grant recently contributed five illustrations to Robot Takeover by Ana Matronic.

Grant Shaffer art in Robot Takeover

Grant Shaffer art in Robot Takeover


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Midday Cowgirl

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

The new Village Voice cover by Steve Brodner says a lot.


According to the Voice, the illustration “commemorates the confluence of pride and country music in NYC, ahead of this weekend’s Pride March and FarmBorough fest.

But it also says a lot about some pressing questions sharpened by recent events.  These include fluidity of gender, heightened sensitivity across races, and even gentrification:

  • By crossing their legs, typically a “feminine” gesture, men are more fabulous to other subway riders than their manspreading counterparts are.  What other unchecked, gender-specific behaviors might compromise harmony?
  • In the wake of Rachel Dolezal, and more importantly, horrible police- and extremist-violence against African-Americans, many New Yorkers are reflecting on their own race-complicated exchanges.  Are we building all the bridges we can?
  • With Taylor Swift enthroned as the NYC Global Welcome Ambassador, gentrification is pushing young faces further into unfamiliar neighborhoods the names of which might make their parents shudder.  What will happen to their industrious immigrant neighbors?


So while Steve Brodner seems to address one particular confluence in this weekly publication, he masterfully stirs together broader currents worth preserving.  This cover is a keeper.