Illustration Faculty Motomichi Nakamura at Paseo Party on the Plaza 2017

Motomichi, in collaboration with DJ Kanizzle, will choreograph a pulsating 4-hour score to accompany his signature red, black and white patterns and giant monster characters projected on the facade of the Hotel La Fonda on Taos Plaza.

About the Paseo Project
The Paseo Project is a 501c-3 nonprofit whose mission is to transform art through community and community through art. The Paseo Party on the Plaza is the Paseo Project’s fourth annual fall outdoor art event. It is again part of Taos Fall Arts Festival’s opening weekend events.

The Paseo Party on the Plaza at a Glance
Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:00 to 11:00pm
Historic Taos Plaza, a free event

PaseoProject.org, @paseotaos, #paseotaos, facebook.com/paseotaos
Motomichi Nakamura, VJ mapping artist: www.motomichi.com
Fire artist Jamie Vaida: www.jamievaida.com
The Illuminator: www.theilluminator.org
Luster, virtual photo booth: www.luster.cc

This event is sponsored by The Town of Taos, Taos County Lodgers Tax, the Lor Foundation, Taos Community Foundation, and many generous private donors. STEMarts@ThePaseo is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the Martin Foundation, the Nina E. Nilssen Scholarship Fund, US Bank, and Americorps VISTA.

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NEFA AWARDS GRANTS TO SUPPORT NEW WORKS IN ENSEMBLE & DEVISED THEATER

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Cornerstone Theater Company. Photo: Kevin Michael Campbell

(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts announces $630,000 in six new grants during the seventh year of the National Theater Project. NTP supports the development and touring of new theater works.

The National Theater Project (NTP) promotes the development and touring of artist-led, ensemble, and devised theater works. Modeled on NEFA’s National Dance Project, NTP functions as a full system of support for devised theater, which in addition to funding animates an informed, interactive network of producing theaters, presenters, and ensembles.

Since the first round of NTP grants in 2010, NEFA has infused over $5 million into the field through the program. To date, 57 new theater works have been supported; touring of those works has reached 42 different states across the U.S. NTP projects have toured to large and small arts presenters, military bases, universities, regional theaters, and festivals. Leadership support for NEFA’s National Theater Project is generously provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“We are proud to support this group of visionary artists, and appreciate our long partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which enables NEFA to support both artistic creation and the touring of new work in communities across the United States,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards.

Grants for this round ranged from $90,000-$125,000. In addition to the Creation and Touring grant, each recipient will also receive $10,000 towards capacity building for touring the project. The six grant recipients are:

  • Cornerstone Theater Company, Los Angeles, CA, for Urban Rez
  • Kaneza Schaal, Brooklyn, NY, for JACK&JILL
  • Manual Cinema, Chicago, IL, for The End of TV
  • Phantom Limb Company, New York, NY, for FALLING OUT
  • Rebecca Mwase & Ron Ragin, New Orleans, LA, for Vessels
  • Theater Grottesco, Santa Fe, NM, for PIE

In addition, NTP will award Finalist Development grants totaling $30,000 to assist in further development of four applicant projects.

“I am so excited about this cohort of grantees whose projects address issues of identity, incarceration, gentrification, climate change, and racism,” said Quita Sullivan, program director for theater at NEFA. “The breadth and depth of these projects is breathtaking!”

Organizations interested in presenting any of these works – or works from previous grant rounds – may apply for an NTP Presentation Grant after contacting its tour coordinator; learn about all the projects with NTP touring support available on a searchable directory on www.nefa.org. NTP also provides travel support for arts presenters interested in seeing projects. Contact program director Quita Sullivan at qsullivan@nefa.org or 617.951.0010 x531 to learn more.

About NEFA
The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in the arts to enrich communities in New England and beyond. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at www.nefa.org.

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CONTACT: Ann Wicks | 617.951.0010 x534

Martin Wilner, Sept. 19, 2017 at 7pm

The 192nd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  Sept. 19, 2017 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

From the Funny papers to Freud: Martin Wilner’s Artistic Journey
Martin Wilner will trace the unusual arc of his work from learning to draw from comic books and strips in grade school to becoming a psychiatrist and a widely exhibited visual artist. He will describe his ongoing drawing projects and an existential work process that draw upon the techniques of psychoanalysis in a highly original manner without losing sight of his vicarious tutelage at the hands of the comic art masters.
Copies of his Freud Museum London monograph, Martin Wilner: The Case Histories  will be available for purchase at the talk.

Martin Wilner is a visual artist and psychiatrist. His art has been exhibited and published internationally and is included in many prominent public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Morgan Library and Museum, and the Jewish Museum. He recently had his first one person museum exhibition at the Freud Museum London and has been included in numerous museum group exhibitions including Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions at the Morgan Library and Museum, Reinventing Ritual at the Jewish Museum, and Making Contact at the New Museum Los Gatos. He has lectured on his work process at the Drawing Center, the Freud Museum London, SXSW, and the Payne Whitney Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Image: September 2016: David Greenberger (Making History: The Case Histories)

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New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: David Leopold on Hirschfeld By The Book – 9/12, 7PM

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 AT 7:00 PM
The Bark Room (Orientation Room)
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13th Street, Room M101
New York, NY 10011

New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium: David Leopold on Hirschfeld By The Book

Al Hirschfeld has virtually been synonymous with caricature since he published his first portraits for Warner Brothers films in April 1925. His first theatrical drawing was in December 1926, and he would continue to draw the theater for New York newspapers, magazines, posters and programs for the next 76 years. Simultaneously, he both recorded and defined Hollywood for nine decades in images and posters that are as iconic as the films themselves. He was there at the birth of television and captured its first half-century, creating more covers for TV Guide than any other artist. He recorded more popular music than any MP3, CD, LP, or wax cylinder ever did, with a handful of his album covers, from the cast album of My Fair Lady to Aerosmith’s Draw The Line, becoming landmarks of 20th century graphic design.

Join David Leopold as he reveals how Hirschfeld also left his mark in the world of literature. Books that Hirschfeld authored allowed him to explore the world outside of performance, and he collaborated on a series of books with S. J Perelman, including one that took the two friends around the world. His illustrations enlivened books by Fred Allen, Garson Kanin, William Saroyan, Brooks Atkinson and John Mason Brown, while other illustrated books covered topics as diverse as the Algonquin Round Table to the Johnson White House. Leopold will also share images and stories from unpublished works including books on the Russian theater and film scene in the 1920s, a history of the African impact on the Bahamas and even a book on Nina, his daughter whose name he hid in almost all of his drawings after her birth in 1945.

David Leopold is an author and curator who has organized exhibitions for institutions around the country including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, and the Field Museum in Chicago. Internationally, he has curated shows for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Filmmuseum in Frankfurt and Berlin. He organized the archive of Al Hirschfeld’s work for the artist, visiting Hirschfeld in his studio at least once a week for thirteen years until the artist’s death in 2003. Leopold is now the Creative Director for the Al Hirschfeld Foundation. His latest book, The Hirschfeld Century: A Portrait of the Artist and His Age, published by Alfred A. Knopf to coincide with a major retrospective that Leopold curated for the New York Historical Society has won universal acclaim. The Washington Post called it an “instant classic,” and Amazon selected it for its “Top Books of 2015.” His other books include David Levine’s American Presidents (Fantagraphics, 2008); Irving Berlin’s Show Business: Broadway-Hollywood-America, (Harry N. Abrams, 2005 and listed as a “Top Gift Pick” by the Boston Globe and New York Times); Hirschfeld’s Hollywood (Abrams, 2001). He has also authored a number of monographs on underappreciated artists for various museums.

Presented by The New School’s Parsons School of Design. 

The full fall schedule for The New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium can be found here.

Carousel, Brooklyn Book Fest, & SPX, Sept 11-17

Three comics events with R. Sikoryak:
CAROUSEL at Union Hall, Brooklyn: Monday, Sept. 11
Small Press Expo in MarylandSaturday, Sept. 16
Brooklyn Book Fest: Sunday, Sept. 17

All the details below:

CAROUSEL: COMICS PERFORMANCES AND PICTURE SHOWS
Monday, Sept. 11

Presentations of graphic novels and comics as read by the artists:
Julia Alekseyeva (Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution),
Jennifer Camper (“Rude Girls and Dangerous Women,” “subGURLZ”) ,
Teva Harrison  (In-Between Days),
Lisa Lim (Mutha Magazine, Guernica Magazine),
Kevin Sacco (The Plane Story,  Josephine).
Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Terms and Conditions, The Unquotable Trump)

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2017 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

Monday, September 11, 2017
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Union Hall – Brooklyn
702 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tickets: $8.00
http://www.unionhallny.com/

Small Press Expo in Maryland
Saturday, Sept. 16 

Sikoryak will be at SPX on Saturday only, 11 am – 7 pm, signing his new books at the Drawn & Quarterly table #W1-4 as well as with Kriota Willberg at table #H13A.
Plus, at 6 pm in the White Flint Auditorium:
Trump Presidential Library,” a panel with Shannon Wheeler and R. Sikoryak, discussing their new books: Sh*t My President Says and The Unquotable Trump.
Marriott North Bethesda Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852.

http://www.smallpressexpo.com

 

Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, Sept. 17

Drawn & Quarterly will be exhibiting at Brooklyn Book Festival 2017, booths 221 + 222, in Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza.  They will be joined by R. Sikoryak (Terms & Conditions, The Unquotable Trump), Leslie Stein (Present), Adrian Tomine (Killing & Dying), and Leanne Shapton (Toys Talking).
Programming includes:
11 amI’m Gonna Live Forever: Fame and Its Discontents Panel with R. Sikoryak, Jonathan Coulton, and Penelope Bagieu in the Brooklyn Historical Society Auditorium (128 Pierrepont St). Moderated by Jonathan Gray.

Full schedule here:  https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/event/2017/08/brooklyn-book-festival-2017

Hope to see you somewhere!

Tuesday, Sept. 5th – Josh Bayer, Adam McGovern and guests on All Time Comics

Josh Bayer, Adam McGovern and guests on All Time Comics

All Time Comics is a comic-book series that resists categorization. Part modern reworking of Bronze age comics superhero aesthetics, part a Mad Magazine-like Gonzo attempt to  sidestep and weave that aesthetic back on itself. Published by Fantagraphcs, All Time Comics has created a space for a dialogue between older veteran creators like Herb Trimpe and Al Milgrom and younger Alternative Comics mainstays like Ben Marra and Noah Van Sciver. Join Josh Bayer in a lively discussion with comics writer/historian Adam McGovern. (Panel may include special guest artist/writers, schedules permitting).

Josh Bayer is the author of Raw Power and Theth from Retrofit Comics, the editor of the Suspect Device Comics anthology series, as well as 2016’s The Black Hood. His work’s been selected for The Best American Comics series in 2016 and 2017. He is the founder of  his own “Comics Are The Enemy Press” and he is currently releasing his All Time Comics imprint from Fantagraphics.

The NY Comics & Picture-story Symposiums happen every Tuesday at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, lobby level in the Orientation “Bark” Room (unless otherwise noted). Free and open to the public.

(drawing by Das Pastoras)

 

Fall 2017 NY Comics & Picture Story Symposium

The NY Comics & Picture Story Symposium is a weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work.  The symposium will examine new ideas for the distribution of print and electronic work that move beyond the existing models of  publishing and advertising. We will re-examine the relationship between readers and autographic writers. Emphasis will be placed on self-initiated work and the development of a self-sustaining economic model for such work.  Meetings will be facilitated by a rotating group of practitioners and guest speakers.  The symposium will offer an ongoing place to learn and think about the traditions and future of text-image work.

We meet at Parsons The New School in New York City, 2 West 13th St., lobby level, Orientation Room. Hosted by the Parsons BFA Illustration program and the Parsons School of Art Media and Technology. All events are free and open to the public.

Aug. 29 – Andre and Ed Krayewski on FKT Comics
Sept. 5 – Josh Bayer, Adam McGovern and guests on All Time Comics
Sept. 12 – David Leopold on Al Hirschfeld’s book illustration
Sept. 19 – Martin Wilner on his work
Sept. 26 – Katie Fricas, cartoonist
Oct. 3 -Sue Coe on her recent work.
Oct. 10 – Kurt Ankeny, cartoonist
Oct. 17 – Craig Gropper on William Gropper.
Oct. 24 – Michael Hearn on Russian Constructivist Children’s Books.
Oct. 31 – Maya Edelman – animator
Nov. 7 – Ethan Persoff – cartoonist, archivist, and sound artist
Nov. 14 – Mark Newgarden and Paul Karisik on How to Read Nancy.
Nov. 28 – Bob Grossman – illustrator and cartoonist
Dec. 5 – Elizabeth C. Denlinger on Frankenstein
Dec. 12 – Stephen Norris on Borris Efimov, russian cartoonist

 

If you’d like to make a presentation, please send an email with your ideas: symposium(at)katchor.com

Q&A with BFA Illustration Alumni Joe Hwang on AI-AP’s Design Arts Daily

Joe Hwang is a recent graduate of Parsons BFA Illustration program. The work pictured here is from his thesis project.

The Q&A: Joe Hwang
By Peggy Roalf   Monday, July 24, 2017

Q: Originally from South Korea what are some of your favorite things about living and working in the New York area?

A: I lived in Seoul, South Korea till 2010. In the summer of that year, I came to New York to study art.  New York has much to see. I like wandering around the city, especially West Village and Upper East Side, watching people and the cityscape. I like those two neighborhoods because there are many elderlies, which is the main subject of my work. To me, elderlies in New York City are like beautiful historic buildings that have aged well. I also like that they have their own styles and live at their own pace, balancing out the overall pace of the city against the fast pace of younger generations.

Q: Do you keep a sketchbook? What is the balance between art you create on paper [or other analog medium] versus in the computer?

A: I use the back of used copy paper for sketches. Most of the times, I first sketch on paper, scan it to my computer, and work on it digitally in Adobe Illustrator. To me, both paper sketches and digital paintings are equally important. In the paper sketch process, I draw objects in detail, learning characteristics of them. In the digital process, I try to simplify the objects, leaving only the essence. I like digital painting because of the vividness in color and its cleanness. Meanwhile, I also make paintings based on my digital works because I also like working in the traditional way. 

Q: What is the most important item in your studio?

A: My iPhone. I take lots of photos of people with it, which is the first stage of my work process.

Q: How do you know when the art is finished?

A: When I feel that the image I had in my head has been fully rendered.

Q: What was your favorite book as a child? What is the best book you’ve recently read?

A: The Insect World of J. Henri Fabre. He was a man of curiosity, wanting to know everything about insects. It was interesting that insects could be appealing to someone, instead of scary or gross. For a while, I wanted to be an entomologist. Recently, I mostly read the Bible.

Q: If you had to choose one medium to work in for an entire year, eliminating all others, what medium would you choose?

A: Acrylic paints. I like matte and fluid type acrylics because I like my paintings flat and bold.

Q: What elements of daily life exert the most influence on your work practice?

A: I try to go out every day. I like walking around the city, watching people and taking photos of elderlies I like. Elderlies with great style or interesting look are my inspiration for my work. 

Q: What was the [Thunderbolt] painting or drawing or film or otherwise that most affected your approach to art? 

A: I am very interested in fashion, so I get inspired by works in which fashion plays a big part. I especially like classic style and vivid colors in clothing such as the ’60s and ’70s styles and preppy style.

I like films from those years because I like what actors are wearing and the atmosphere in them. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is my favorite movie. In it, the styles of actors, scenes of New York City, and music by Henri Mancini make a perfect harmony. I also like Jean-Pierre Léaud’s style from the movie Stolen Kisses.  

When I look at Alex Katz’s portraits, I get a similar impression. I like the combination of the classic style of models he portrays and the vivid and bold colors he uses.  Even when I was in kindergarten, I think I was influenced by the style of Mr. Rogers’ style from his show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. Especially, his closet filled with colorful cardigans was a big inspiration for me. I try to reflect those in my illustrations and paintings.

Q: Who was the [Thunderbolt] teacher or mentor or visiting artist who most influenced you early in your training or career?

A: When I was a kid, my mother and I would draw characters from commercial products and shows such as the man on the Pringles ads, Tony the Tiger on Frosted Flakes, and Chester on Cheetos. She is not an artist by profession, but she is fond of the arts. Also many relatives from my maternal family were artists: singer, fashion model, artist, etc. Watching their artistic activities laid a foundation of how to approach arts.

One day when I was a student at Parsons, I was struggling with a design for a postcard competition. My wife, who was my girlfriend at the time, saw me struggling and said, “Why don’t you use your sense of color and humor?” That was a lightening moment for me. I immediately came up with an idea for the design and finished it within a few hours. I even won the competition. The design was used for holiday cards by Aid for AIDS that year. From that moment on, that is my motto: to use my sense of color and humor.

Some of my teachers at Parsons were also good mentors, especially Noël Claro and Jordin Isip. They helped me broaden my perspective in illustration.

Q: What would be your last supper?

A: Anything with my wife.

Joe Whang is an artist and illustrator, born in Seoul, Korea and living in Jersey City, NJ. He graduated form Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. He is fond of vintage clothing and items. He likes to illustrate elderlies. His works have been recognized by Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, 3×3 Magazine, Applied Arts Magazine, and World Illustration Awards.
Website: http://www.joewhang.com/
Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/joestudy/
Upcoming Exhibitions
World Illustration Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London. July 31 – August 28, 2017 
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Group Exhibition Melted City 4 at RISD, July 22 – August 4, 2017 
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