Exhibition dates: Through February 12th
Official Press Release!
DEAN PROJECT gallery is thrilled to announce “Sosomuch”, a solo exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Carol Peligian. The exhibition continues Peligian’s alchemical seduction of material possibility: aluminum, oil, enamel, latex are equally employed to generate an altered state existing somewhere between atmosphere and stratosphere. These works alternately confront and quietly elicit questions related to the idea of infinity and existence.
The work’s delicate construction and implacable physicality provide the viewers with a space where the surrounding and the self become one in spirit. The understanding of material/form is evident in each of the works. Moreover, the integrity with which Peligian has approached her subjects, results in a paradoxical visual experience of reality/reassurance and the mystery of the purity of time/space. The juxtaposition of the organic and manufactured as they trade boundaries, make more permeable the borders between the work and the viewer.
Carol Peligian lives and works in New York City. Her drawings and sculptures have been shown in both the United States and Europe. Current work includes a recently installed outdoor public sculpture. Two projects are in proposal, one of which is Mountain of Tears, a Threnody, to be installed on the banks of the Providence River. In 2008-09, she had a solo exhibition, Transfluence. at MOBIA (The Museum of Biblical Art) in New York City. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and has been a faculty member at Parsons School of Design since 1994 where she currently teaches drawing.
Nearly, 2009-10 Rolled and painted aluminum 3.5' and variable dimensions
Congratulations to Carol on this tremendous accomplishment.
Illustration Adjunct faculty member Edward Del Rosario passed along the word about a new exhibition which features his work. Here’s the official press release:
Heskin Contemporary presents New Narrative, a group exhibition curated by John Serdula, open thru October 16th, 2010.
Narrative painting has had a long artistic tradition that dates as far back as cave paintings. The imagery told a story. And the story was a fundamental and necessary aspect of the painting, until the early twentieth century. This is clearly exemplified in the American WPA murals. Personal, emotional, political, and spiritual experience was the core ingredient of that narrative.
By the end of the last century so much art had been infused with appropriated, sterile, pop iconography, it resulted in the art being blank and vacant. Now with the start of this new century and new millennium, there has been a different attitude towards painting. The New Narrative is an artist’s personal reflection of history with an added air of mystery.
There is a new trans-cultural timeless attitude, which integrates contemporary and historical references with images from the daily life of the artist. With references to romanticism, symbolism, surrealism and folk art, each artist is creating worlds of psychological and emotional vulnerability. It is this fusion that reflects a renewed approach to having narrative in painting.
The following fourteen international artists are from Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Holland, Canada and the United States. This is the first time that these artists have been assembled to create the New Narrative:
Mamma Andersson • Sam Dargan • Ian Davis • Edward Del Rosario • Marcel Dzama • Matthew Fisher • Anthony Goicolea • Sherry Kerlin • Nikki Lindt • Ben McLaughlin • Jockum Nordström • Julia Oschatz • Simon Pasieka • Mary Jo Vath
443 West 37th Street Ground Floor
New York, NY 10018
Wednesday – Saturday 12 pm – 6 pm or by appointment
Parsons Illustration Adjunct Nathan Bond is featured in ” Preparations: Artists’ Sketchbooks and Journals” at the the Tower Fine Arts Center in Brockport, NY. Much of the development for an artwork happens well before the brush meets canvas, the hand meets clay, or the finger meets camera, etc. These preliminary inspirations and concepts go mostly unnoticed and unappreciated. This exhibit, curated by gallery director Tim Massey, brings to light the methods artists employ to inform themselves of the possibilities for their as yet unrealized works.
The Tower Fine Arts Center is located on the north side of Holley Street in the village of Brockport. Parking Lot G is located adjacent to the Tower Fine Arts Center and handicapped parking is available at the front of the building.
350 New Campus Drive
Show on view through Tuesday, October 13
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm
Nora Krug and Steven Guarnaccia
Illustration takes over the lobby of 2 W. 13th!
From the Illustration Inbox, Keren Richter (Illustration ’03) has given us some fantastic news. She recently worked with Vans to create the fabulous sneakers you see above. You can grab your pair here. Keren also created a tote bag based off the same illustration, which you can sneak a peek at here.
Bonus: Keren and her sister Julie created this rad video which produced the painting used for both shoes and tote. Check it out:
If you want to keep up with her many projects and interests, make sure to check out Keren’s blog.
From the Illustration Inbox: a follow-up about the Electric Windows project sponsored by OPENSPACE gallery (headed by Adjunct Faculty Dan Weise):
WOW! What an amazing project!
With the exception of a little rain here and there the Electric Windows weekend was a huge success! For those of you that missed it or did’nt know about the project check out the wrap-up below:
On the weekend of May 17th, we organized and awesome outdoor painting project with our friends at Beacon Art Supply and Burlock called Electric Windows. It was an amazing 3 day event that brought together 18 artist to create murals for the windows of a 18th Century factory building in Beacon NY. The project was a HUGE success and the pieces will be up on the building for the next year. So if you are in Beacon, definitely come by and check out the building.
You can see pictures from the event here!
Congrats to Dan, OPENSPACE, and all the incredible artists involved in this cool project! Bonus: check out this great video that Cool Hunting put together about the project:
From the Illustration Inbox, we’ve got some news about Louisa Bertman (’92):
Louisa Bertman is honored to be 1 of 12 artists chosen to illustrate a page for the upcoming 2009 NPR Calendar. While painting Click and Clack, 2 large portraits were born as an offshoot of the actual NPR Illustration. Check out the portraits as well as her interview with those crazy Car Talk Guys! They’ve listed her this week under “Links We LIke” from their homepage.
Thanks for passing along the good word, Louisa, and congratulations!
If you’re in the Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) area, make sure you drop by Adjunct Faculty member Tim Okamura’s show of work:
“WOMEN IN WHITE / BUSHWICK WALLS”
Up through Saturday, July 19th, 2008
The Women in White/Bushwick Walls series was inspired by a desire to investigate the symbolism of the color of white in several different contexts, while at the same time creating a connection to the “urban collage” that has manifested itself on the walls of the buildings in my neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn.
While focusing on the walls that were at one time white, “blank canvases”, I observed a fasinating build-up of signage, new and torn posters, random felt marker “tags”, stenciled street art, and more refined graffiti pieces that together formed a complex motif of cultural iconography. Tempered by peeling paint, rust stains, and decay, this motif served as the basis for my approach to creating “backgrounds” that interact with the subjects of the paintings in a very direct way, the fragments of political and pop culture references interwoven with warning signs, and spray-painted stencils. Graffiti-lettered words contain moral precepts which effuse hopefulness or cynicism – sometimes both – while in some cases bringing attention to the psycological relationships between the women themselves.
All of the women in these paintings are clad in white, or mostly white, with the intention of examining popular connotations of this color such as purity, innocence, virginity, and virtue – qualities often traditionally ascribe to women as being positive attributes – as well as the lesser known meanings such as while as s symbol of mourning (particularily in Asian cultures). This in turn led to a scrutiny of many “white” phrases including “white wash”, “white wedding”, and “white lie”, many of which ending up becoming words on “signs” that were collaged onto canvas and eventually covered with layers of paint.
As the significance of “Women in White” changed in context with each subject and contemplation continued of the implications of attributing specific meaning to color, I considered on important argument of basic color theory: white itself in techinically not a color, but a reflection of all colors.
Douglas Udell Gallery
10332 – 124 STREET
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Featuring: Aaron Baker, Erik Bluhm, Martha Colburn, Carl D’Alvia, Edward del Rosario, Echo Eggebrecht, Brent Green, Kirk Hayes, Asuka Ohsawa, Ruby Osorio, Hills Snyder, Rachell Sumpter & others.
Through July 3, 2008
237 Eldridge Street, South Storefront
New York, NY USA 10002
The gallery is pleased to announce the group exhibition Tenderly, which assembles paintings, sculptures, films, and works on paper by twelve artists who use dark humor, animation, simplified forms, and characters to soften some of life’s more dramatic, and often tragic, moments.
Eddie del Rosario’s (Brooklyn, NY) paintings often feature miniature people engaged in full-size power struggles and highlight the absurd games people are willing to play to obtain and preserve power within cultural clashes. Meticulously rendered with almost Renaissance-like glazes, his most recent series of contretemps depict unforeseen disruptive events, for example, a handsome young man pissing on the spring flowers while a fashionable young lady looks on.
ArtCal picked “Tenderly” as a top show and it’s only up for a few more days, so get out there and see it.
Congrats to Eddie!
Illustration’s own Adjunct Faculty Nathan Bond has been interviewed by the fine folks over at Sprayblog. Here’s a little taste:
SG: Describe your working process when creating a new work.
NB: My process changes all the time. I actually try not to get into any one habit. I believe it is important to always investigate new processes, to discover new techniques. Not repeating your work process is a great way to encourage and maintain that dialogue with the creative process.
SG: What kind of things do you do when you get blocked or find it hard to create something?
NB: Van Gogh said it best, “You do not know how paralyzing it is, that staring of a blank canvas which says to the painter: you don’t know anything.” The feeling that “you don’t know anything” isn’t an uncommon state of being for an artist. It’s the sentiment I hear most often from my peers, students and, I must admit, myself. When this happens I try to find back doors into my work. I find the ritualistic process of stretching and priming a canvas is all I need sometimes to get the juices flowing again. It really helps to get the brain out of the way. It is only our mind that creates blocks and that’s why meditation is another great way to bypass blocks. Anything to get rid of the self is key. Creativity comes to the relaxed mind.
SG: Where are you currently finding your inspiration?
NB: Looking and thinking about all these weird naked apes walking around the city. We are so fascinating. This is where my inspiration always comes from. Psychology and art have always been intertwined for me.
Make sure to read the rest of the interview here and see more images of Nathan’s work at his website!