Happy Friday! We want to share some art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community. To celebrate the Sundance Film Festival, this week’s edition covers film and video.
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Today’s guest blogger is Eric Sutphin, Residency Coordinator of SVA’s Summer Residency Programs:
It is a fact that pursuing a career in the arts comes with a wealth of anxieties. Art schools may offer students top-of-the-line facilities, renowned faculty, a marketable pedigree and an invaluable network, but a complaint that I have often heard (and have launched myself) is the deficit in practical training for art students at the beginnings of their careers. The attendant ambiguity that comes with a life in art can seem daunting and alienating; how often have we been to an opening and looked around at the dealers, curators and artists, and thought, “Wow, these people really have it figured out, they’ve all made it.”
Help Desk: Equity Exchange Marathon was a performance event conceived and launched by multidisciplinary artist Ofri Cnaani, a current faculty member of SVA’s Continuing Education and Summer Residency Programs. The performance took place at the Artists Equity brick-and-mortar space, Equity Gallery, located in New York’s Lower East Side. Cnaani invited eight guests (most were arts professionals) to respond to questions submitted via Artists Equity’s online platform. Over the course of the performance, which was structured like a professional practices “clinic” and free and open to the public, the spirit of generosity and an enactment of a kind of utopian sharing economy unfolded. A few of my personal highlights from the event are below:
Q: How do I navigate being an artist, critic curator?
A: Gean Moreno, Artistic Director of Cannonball Miami: “Why is this still a problem within art? It’s seems like a kind of masochistic line that we have gotten comfortable with as artists. In other disciplines, people often move freely between roles. Don’t worry about it, just do it.”
Q: “Are studio visits worth it?”
A: Joey Lico, curator and Director of Programming at The Cultivist: “Yes!” People who visit your studio generally want others to succeed, so invite people who are interested in your work to visit. But be prepared, and show everything you have, even the things you have hidden away, turned against the wall. We want to see everything. Be careful of those people who want to just sit around and hang out with artists; they’re out there.”
The question of the livability of cities came up frequently. Leila Bozorg, Chief of Staff for the NYC Dept. of Housing and Preservation and Development noted that “It is a city’s responsibility to make accommodations for cultural producers. It’s what keeps neighborhoods and cities, in general, attractive places to live.”
As each respondent answered the questions (which were written on index cards), he or she put the card on a clear table under which a projector beamed the image of the amassed question cards onto a nearby wall. The ephemera from the performance is included in Cnaani’s solo exhibition File Under:?, on view at Equity Gallery through January 30, 2016. Additionally, the answers to the artists’ questions will be “transcribed, processed and made available through Artists Equity’s website as a service for the art community.”
Elizabeth Sayles of SVACE illustrated Malala: A Hero for All, a new book about Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize!
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 was reviewed by the blog, Read 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.”
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.”
Steve Brodner will participate in Freedom of Expression in a Changing World: What Cannot Be Said, an upcoming conference at UC Irvine and USC. Steve recently spoke at POW! Mighty Art That Takes No Prisoners and Strips, Politics, Cartooning with Liniers.
We have exciting updates from Ofri Cnaani and Keren Moscovitch! Both Ofri and Keren will perform on January 16th in Help Desk: Equity Exchange Marathon. The performance is part of File Under: ?, Ofri’s solo exhibition at Equity Gallery.
For the exhibition, Cnaani invited artists to submit “pressing questions,” which each individual artist wants answered to help them in their lives as artists, ranging from professional to personal to theoretical.
These questions are displayed at Equity Gallery and shared on its online platforms. For the performance, Cnaani has asked experts from a variety of fields to attempt to answer these questions and the roster was determined by the frequency of the topics. Keren Moscovitch is one of these experts.
Ofri is also featured in Cut-Up: Contemporary Collage and Cut-Up Histories through a Feminist Lens, curated by Katie Vida, at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT from January 16 – April 3, 2016.
Sara Varon will be featured in Women in Illustration, a group exhibition at SVA that brings together nine prestigious MFA Illustration as Visual Essay alumni who have authored or illustrated notable books in the past year.
Valerie Smaldone will moderate a panel discussion at 92nd Street Y about the actress Madeline Kahn. At the event, William V. Madison, author of Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life, and some of Kahn’s friends and colleagues will share memories of the popular singing actress.
Ilene Strizver continues her TypeTalk series of typography articles for CreativePro.com. Her most recent post introduces the typeface Gill Sans Nova, and traces its origins from Gill Sans, a popular typeface that you’ve seen everywhere – even if you didn’t know it.