Archive for the ‘Exhibitions’ Category

Faculty Updates

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

What have SVACE faculty members been up to? We have exciting updates from Tristan Elwell, Steve BrodnerJohn Parks, Kris Mukai, and Viktor Koen!

DJ Khaled by Tristan Elwell

DJ Khaled by Tristan Elwell for the Miami New Times

Tristan Elwell produced a hilarious illustration for a Miami New Times story about celebrity DJ Khaled. The image combines Khaled’s likeness with the emoji that Khaled has adopted to his brand vernacular.

Steve Brodner for The Boston Globe

Steve Brodner for The Boston Globe

Steve Brodner illustrated Ted Cruz has always been right for The Boston Globe, documenting episodes in the history of this arch-conservative presidential contender.

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John Parks, “Garden with Landscape,” 2005

See Garden with Soldier (2005), a painting by John Parks, in Winter Salon at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, on view until Feb 22!

Illustration by Kris Mukai

Illustration by Kris Mukai

Kris Mukai is featured on DART: Design Arts Daily, where she comments on brushes, blogs, and self-publishing.

Viktor Koen (l) hard at work with Marshall Arisman (r)

Viktor Koen (l) hard at work with Marshall Arisman (r) via @svamfaillustration Instagram

Viktor Koen curated Gone, a group exhibition of work by members of the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay class of 2017. Gone is on view Feb 6-March 3.

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Friday Hot Links

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

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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Herzog at Sundance (Creativity Online): A cybersecurity brand produces, Herzog directs. (via Mark Burk)

Indie or Die (Variety): Sundance and the hopes for indie film. (via SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

It Gets Real (WIRED): Google Cardboard adds convincing 3D spatial audio. (via Robert Stribley)

Oscars So White (Entertainment Weekly): Do structural problems keep minorities out of the Oscars? (via Steve Brodner)

Help Desk

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

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.”

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SVA’s Keren Moscovitch (r) in “Help Desk: Equity Exchange Marathon” at Equity Gallery

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.”

Ofri Cnaani (center) listens at "Help Desk: Equity Exchange Marathon" at Equity Gallery

Ofri Cnaani (center) listens at “Help Desk: Equity Exchange Marathon” at Equity Gallery

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.”

Help Desk: Equity Exchange Marathon at Equity Gallery

Help Desk: Equity Exchange Marathon at Equity Gallery

Friday Hot Links

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Happy Friday! We want to share some art, design, and culture goodies shared by the SVACE faculty and community.

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Blue Rose (Wall Street Journal): Science and art conspire to disrupt nature’s possibilities. (via Suzanne Anker)

He’s a Starman (The Guardian): Belgian astronomers, radio DJs, and Google Sky put Bowie in Heaven (via Kevin Brainard)

It Gets Real (WIRED): Google Cardboard adds convincing 3D spatial audio. (via Robert Stribley)

Oscars So White (Entertainment Weekly): Do structural problems keep minorities out of the Oscars? (via Steve Brodner)

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.”

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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 CreativePro.com. 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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