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R. Sikoryak work in “The Bentfootes”


The dance mockumentary The Bentfootes–for which Illustration Alum and Part-time Faculty member Robert Sikoryak contributed archival animation, design and illustration–won second place in the Narrative Feature category at the Landlocked Film Festival in Iowa City.  Here’s the official description of the movie:

Writer Todd Alcott and choreographer Kriota Willberg team up to direct their first feature film, a loving skewering of 200 years of American dance. Funny, touching and irreverent, The Bentfootes tells the story of a fictitious every-choreographer, Susan Bentfoote (1966-2005) (Nina Hellman) and her quasi-illustrious family, who managed to keep their demented muse alive through all of American history. We follow Jim Raritan (James Urbaniak), Susan’s boyfriend, as he takes us on a wide-eyed, enthusiastic, exasperating journey of discovery into a forgotten tributary in the river of American dance culture and watch as he goes from being the lover of a dead choreographer to becoming a producer of American Modern Dance. A ‘mockumentary’ melange of Spinal Tap and Ken Burns, The Bentfootes includes a memorial concert of Bentfoote dances, interviews with family and friends, historical photos, film and family memorabilia. In its own tongue-in-cheek way it explores the American dancer’s artistic aesthetic from post-revolutionary times to the present.

Congratulations to Bob, the filmmakers, and everyone involved!

New work by AJ Fosik at GRNY show “With Friends Like These”

grny with friends

With Friends Like These
Through December 3, 2008
Giant Robot Gallery
437 East 9th Street Between 1st Ave. & Ave. A, in the East Village
New York, New York 10009
(212) 674-GRNY (4769) |

With Friends Like These, is a group show currently on view at Giant Robot NY featuring new works by Isaac Lin and AJ Fosik (Parsons Illustration Alum).

Drawing inspiration from his background creating street art and signage, AJ Fosik is a Philadelphia-based sculptor who creates animal abstractions, or as he calls them “existential fetishes.” Totemic apparitions of ursine beasts and delicately rendered paintings skirt American folk art and psychedelia. Viewers are confronted with cryptic symbols from overlapping sources, both traditional and contemporary, creating a dynamic tension where art and viewer come together in an expanded definition of culture and assumption.

Catch the show while you can–it surely won’t disappoint.

Good work, A.J!

Follow-up: Picturing Politics Symposium

Check out some highlights from this past weekend’s “Picturing Politics” symposium, hosted by Parsons Illustration and the Politics department of the New School for Social Research.  You can see more images here.  Our thanks to everyone who participated and attended!

Transfluence–Carol Peligian at MOBIA


Illustration Part-time faculty member Carol Peligian has a show up at the Museum of Biblical Art called Transfluence.  Here’s the official description:

Transfluence brings together familiar visual forms – paintings, drawings, and sculpture – to concentrate on a subject beyond our experience. Two- and three-dimensional images pose questions essential to an inquiry that crosses cultures, on the nature of grace. They appear to reference forms we know, yet when juxtaposed, intertwined, or fully melded with their opposites, each is not neutralized but intensified, and a new order is indicated. Is what we see corporeal or spiritual; actual or evanescent; beautiful or terrible; a whisper, a touch, or an irrestistible, consuming force? The effects of time and transformation are both implied and directly evident in the images, as external and inherent color and light change as we observe, and as figure and ground vie for dominance. We are unsure if the implied time is measured in milliseconds or millennia, or if the transformations will lead to successful outcomes or dead ends. The surface of each art work reflects its viewers, and it is our recognition and questioning of the elements present that create meaning, as a conscientious observation of natural forms will do. But are these natural forms, or are nature and our experience only the beginning? What will the inquiry do to us in terms of time and transformation, and what can we discover of grace, within and without?

Transfluence is on view through January 18, 2009. There will be a “Meet the Artist” event this week on Thursday, November 20th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  
Congratulations to Carol!
Museum of Biblical Art 
1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY 10023-7505
Telephone: 212-408-1500

Last Minute: New York Stereoscopic Society 3D Comics Night!


New York Stereoscopic Society 3D Comics Night
Wednesday, November 19, 7 pm
Mick Andreano, Jerry Marks, Joe Pedoto — 3D Comics and Moral Corruption
Haft Auditorium, Fashion Institute of Technology
Enter C Building Lobby on 27th street between 7th and 8th Avenues
FREE and open to the public!
3D PROJECTIONS and live readings by:
Michael Kupperman — “Hercules vs. Zeus”
Kim Deitch — “It’s 4D!”
R. Sikoryak — “The Lost Treasure of the 3D!” (Parsons Illustration Alum and Faculty!)
Jason Little  — “The Abduction Announcement”
Get more information and pictures at either the official website or on Facebook.

Quick Hit: Nicholas Blechman and Max Bode at SI


Lecture: Art Directing and Illustrating
with Nicholas Blechman and Max Bode
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Society of Illustrators

Nicholas Blechman, Art Director for The New York Times Book Review and Max Bode, Art Director for The New Yorker, will discuss the pros and cons of illustrating and art directing, their different approaches, how the editorial field works in relation to illustration, how it’s changed over the decades, upcoming trends and illustration

Begins at 6:30pm.
$15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students.
RSVP via email or call 212-838-2560.

[illustration by Nicholas Blechman]

Reminder: Picturing Politics is today!

A symposium presented by the Illustration Program, Parsons The New School for Design and The Politics Department, New School for Social Research.

November 15, 2008, 1:00-5:30 P.M.
The New School
Tishman Auditorium
Johnson/Kaplan Hall, 66 WEST 12TH STREET

Illustrative responses to world events, large scale and small, have an effect both visceral and intimate. PICTURING POLITICS explores the current state of political and social visual commentary. The Illustration Program of Parsons The New School for Design and the Politics Department of The New School for Social Research jointly present an afternoon of reflections on the intersection of art and politics.

Guests include Daniel Dayan, leading media and politics analyst and visiting professor in the Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research (Media Events), Steven Heller, author and former New York Times art director (Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State), Professor Joshua Brown, Executive Director, American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, CUNY (Beyond the Lines), Rutu Modan, Eisner award-winning graphic novelist from Israel (Exit Wounds), Peter Kuper, graphic novelist and co-editor of WW 3 magazine (Stop Forgetting to Remember), Steve Brodner, satiric visual commentator (Freedom Fries), Luba Lukova, political poster artist (Social Justice 2008: 12 Posters) and Anton Kannemeyer, South African artist and creator of visual narratives (Bittercomix).

The event will be held at the Tishman Auditorium of The New School, on November 15th, 1-5:30 pm and is free and open to the public. A book signing and refreshments will follow the symposium. Additionally, an exhibition of illustrated covers for Der Spiegel magazine is on view at Parsons Illustration, 2 West 13th street, 8th floor, through November 30th. There will be a reception in honor tonight, November 14th, at 6pm.

[illustration by Guy Billout, Part-time Faculty]

Sergio Ruzzier and “Amandina” hit it big!


The Brooklyn Museum

The Rubin Pavillion, 1st Floor
November 15th, 2008


Illustration Part-time Faculty member Sergio Ruzzier will sign copies of his new picture book: AMANDINA.

Here’s a snippet from a review of Amandina:

Using watercolors that range from a deep peach to a liquid cobalt blue, Ruzzier’s palate here is a subdued but colorful collective. And from a visual perspective I was fond of the setting to this tale. Born in Milan, Ruzzier has set this book against an Italian backdrop. The theater she rents “in the old town” is called the “Teatro Ventura”. Later her show seems to incorporate Harlequin elements. And for the record, Amandina’s show really does look splendid. It would be one thing if we were told that Amandina was a special little dog with lots of talent, but to actually see the remarkable show in progress is a special treat. Without much explanation we see that the “fanciful prologue” (again, great turns of phrase here) involves a suitcase that explodes with a smoky column of flowers while Amandina floats above like a butterfly. And then there’s the magic show, the dances from around the world, the acrobatics… who wouldn’t want to see her perform all of this?

Read the rest here.  And if you’re in the mood for more reading, here’s a tidbit from an interview with Sergio:

What exactly is your process when you are illustrating a book? You can start wherever you’d like when answering: getting initial ideas, starting to illustrate, or even what it’s like under deadline, etc. Do you outline a great deal of the book before you illustrate or just let your muse lead you on and see where you end up?

SR: When I am illustrating another author’s text, the process is pretty much always the same: while I read and re-read the manuscript, I draw little rough sketches on the edges. Then I make them a little nicer on a different paper, and I use these more refined sketches to build a dummy. When the dummy is approved by the publisher, I start working on the preparatory drawings, in pencil on plain paper. When I’m happy with the composition, including characters’ expressions, backgrounds, and all the details, I trace the drawing onto a watercolor paper, with the help of a light box. Then I ink the drawing, erase the pencil, and watercolor it.

It’s much more complex and variable when I’m working on my own story. I don’t really have a standard process, and I could start by sketching a character, or writing all or parts of the text, or putting on paper the whole sequence of roughs, spread by spread. Normally, I keep going back and forth between words and pictures. I also waste a lot of time, and often I am at my desk for hours without accomplishing anything. More often, anticipating that I wouldn’t accomplish anything, I go for a walk. Research is always a great excuse to navigate the internet aimlessly. But once I get to the dummy, or at least to a thumbnail storyboard decent enough to be shown to my editor, then I am ready to start with the final drawings…

Catch the rest of that informative interview over here at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.


Pick up your copy of Amandina here!

Congrats to Sergio on the great success of his new publication.

Der Spiegel Exhibition at Parsons Illustration


In conjunction with the upcoming PICTURING POLITICS symposium, the Illustration Program at Parsons The New School for Design invites you to a reception for an exhibition of illustrated covers for Der Spiegel magazine this coming Friday, November 14th, at 6 p.m. The reception will be held at the Parsons Illustration lobby at 2 W 13th street, 8th floor, and the exhibit will be on view until November 30th.

Der Spiegel is one of the most significant political magazines in Europe. It was founded in Germany in 1947, only two years after the fall of the Nazi regime, and it marked the beginning of a liberal era in Germany.

Since its beginning, Der Spiegel has employed some of the world’s most talented illustrators and caricaturists. The exhibition this Friday will feature illustrated covers from various decades – covers that give witness to Germany’s reconstruction after WWII, its political division during the Cold War, and finally, to the realities it has faced since its reunification, as a nation in a global world.

Please join us and Barbara Berry from Der Spiegel for this event on Friday.

Der Spiegel Illustrated Covers
Illustration Department
2 W. 13th, 8th floor lobby
Reception: November 14th, 6 p.m.

Last Reminder: Kim Deitch Q & A at MoCCA

k. deitch

Tonight at 7 p.m.
Kim Deitch Q & A with curator Bill Kartalopoulos
Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art
594 Broadway, Suite 401
New York, NY 

In a unique and wide-ranging conversation, Kim and Bill (Illustration Part-time Faculty) will discuss Deitch’s work and career to date. Deitch will present examples of recent work and will also preview images from his current works in progress.