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A Gallery Talk with Tomer Hanuka, Yuko Shimizu and Sam Weber

BLOW UP: Hanuka, Shimizu, Weber

Three illustrators from vastly different backgrounds; Canada, Japan and Israel; meeting at the crossroads of a distinct American esthetic to examine their new found artistic voices through personal mythologies, broken narratives and remixed identities. An open window into the visual melting pot of contemporary image making.

Sam Weber’s monumental and moody figures draw on the western idea of the portrait, re-imagined for the modern age, where anxiety and wonder mix into a seamless dramatic whole imbued with a sense of unsolved mystery.

Yuko Shimizu’s playful imagery ties the surface of Japanese wood cut prints with contemporary issues, creating sophisticated and symbolic psychological scenes of internal worlds, broken by geometric contraption that seem to pull away and reconnect the disparate elements.

Tomer Hanuka’s visuals were developed as research for an upcoming graphic novel titled The Divine to be published by First Second (written by Boaz Lavie and pencilled by Asaf Hanuka). the images explore ideas of eternal childhood, drawing from sources like 8bit video games, Rambo and hard news.

Gallery Talk on September 25th at 4 p.m.
Spend an afternoon with these artists as they discuss their work and techniques in an informal setting.
Tickets $10/ $7 students
RSVP Katie Blocher
212 838 2560

Please note, if you are participating in Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day you may use your pass to attend this event for free.  Passes MUST be presented to enjoy this offer.

The BLOW UP exhibition is on view through October 16th.

The Society of Illustrators is located at:

128 East 63rd Street
(between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10065