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Ben Katchor Upcoming Events


Here’s a listing of upcoming events with Illustration Full-time Faculty member Ben Katchor:

The Deep Tub and Other Stories: Readings with Projections
Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 2pm

South Orange Public Library
65 Scotland Road, South Orange, NJ
Phone: 973- 762- 0230

NYU Creative Writing Program: Reading with projections and a conversation with Lawrence Weschler
Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 7pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10011
For more information 212-998-8816

Exhibition: The Chronicle of Daily Life plus Readings and Lecture
Sat. April 12th –  20th, 2008
Fumetto, International comix-festival
Luzern, Switzerland

International Literature Festival: The Word as a Way Out
Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 4pm
Panel discussion with Junot Diaz, Julie Phillips and Ben Katchor
Openbare Bibliotheek, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Reading with projections
Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 8pm

The John Adams Institute
Jewish Historical Museum – Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ben Katchor in Conversation with Josh Kornbluth
Monday, May 12, 2008 at 8pm

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St., San Francisco, CA
tel. 415.292.1200

The Rosenbach Company: a pop opera
Text & Drawings by Ben Katchor, Music by Mark Mulcahy
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 8pm

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St., San Francisco, CA
tel. 415.292.1200`

From the Vault: Spraygraphic interviews Illustration FT Faculty Nora Krug


Bush by Nora Krug

Back in October, Spraygraphic Apparel interviewed Illustration FT Faculty Nora Krug for their blog. Spraygraphic strives to highlight artists and designers that create culturally conscious, socially active and politically provocative work. Here’s an excerpt from Nora’s interview:

Describe your working process when creating a new work.

NK: I easily get bored once I notice I’m using similar concepts, compositions and media and I try to always explore new themes and ways of working. When working on a personal piece the process can be really torturing. I can get very deeply involved and forget where I am. Every time it feels like I’m starting at the very beginning, like a puzzle with thousands of parts, and no reference image on the cover. I take a long time for sketches and I often have no idea what the final piece will look like. Every line I draw can be a struggle. But when I’m done and happy with the way it looks I feel extremely fulfilled. It’s a completely different story with my commercial work. I work much faster there and have a good sense of what the final piece will look like.

What kind of things do you do when you get blocked or find it hard to create something?

NK: I get very annoyed and angry and can’t stop thinking about possible solutions. It takes me an hour or so of socializing and thinking of something else until I emerge on the surface again. Usually the only way out is continuing to draw and redraw until it works. Sometimes it also helps me to distract myself while I’m working, because then the whole focus isn’t only on my fear of not being able to create what I want. I love listening to BBC Radio 4 and 7 online.

Where are you currently finding your inspiration?

NK: In everything. People, films, music, books, other people’s art. I’m also very inspired by peoples’ lives that have nothing to do with the arts.

Make sure you read the rest of the interview here for more insights about Nora’s work and interests.

Also, you can access the archive of other fantastic artist interviews by Spraygraphic here.

Congratulations, Nora!

Illustration Faculty Member Carol Peligian in group show at Number 35

peligian wallpaper number 35

The Illustration Department’s own Carol Peligian will be part of a group show at Number 35, curated by Ron Keyson of Wallpaper LAB. Here’s an excerpt from the official press release for the show:

Monastic life in a 12th century scriptorium and artistic life in a 21st century studio converge in a contemporary exploration of the illuminated manuscript form.

Eleven artists, ten texts and Marilyn Minter’s “merry merry” tree, oscillate as one meta-installation, posing the question, “Can books, magazines, newspapers and online information still evoke resonant images?”…

The installation itself will echo the image of lines of text: The ten works to be laid out on a single white page/wall. The gallery itself is illuminated as a sign.

This is not Carol’s first project with Wallpaper LAB. She has created work for them in the past like 2006’s Avian Lux, seen below.

avian/lux peligian


Don’t miss this unique show and the opportunity to see Carol’s work up close and in person.

Holiday Reading
Opening, December 1, 2007
Number 35
39 Essex Street
New York, NY

(Image by Carol Peligian)