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Illustration Alum Rodger Stevens exhibits works at Goose Barnacle

Goose Barnacle Holiday Reception
Thursday, December 16th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

GOOSE BARNACLE presents recent works by Rodger Stevens

Rodger Stevens (b: 1966 in Brooklyn, NY) is a contemporary American artist whose work is known globally for his intricate wire sculptures.

His latest exhibition features wire sculptures – both wall-mounted and suspended from the ceiling, string drawings mounted on wood, and steel plate paintings. The piece that I’m most excited about is one that
Rodger created especially for the Goose Barnacle window.  For this work Rodger adapted elements from our Brooklyn heritage as well as shapes that evoke the nature of Goose Barnacle.

Rodger, graduated from the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn.  Since then he has attended Pace University, Parsons: The New School for Design, and the School of Visual Arts.

Rodger has exhibited in some amazing places, such as Tiffany & Co., MTV headquarters, the Todd Oldham boutique and the Yohji Yamamoto showroom in SoHo. In recent years he has done commissions for the Whitney Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Barney’s, Stuart Weitzman, The Rockwell Group, and the W Hotel.

Goose Barnacle
91 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 855-2694

Last Night: Dime Bag at Giant Robot

Curated by Jordin Isip (Illustration Faculty) and Rodger Stevens (Illustration Alum and Faculty), Dime Bag closes tonight at Giant Robot New York.  The show has been getting some fantastic press, including coverage by NYMag’s Culture Vulture blog (great slideshow included!) and Peggy Roalf at DART.  Here’s an excerpt from Peggy’s write-up:

The show is the brainchild of Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens, art school buddies who came up with the idea when they realized what a huge art network of artists they had just from hanging out socially. They wanted to bring as many artists together as possible to create new work with only one small – but huge – restriction: Each piece must fit into a 3-by-3-inch ziplock bag.

Isip and Rodgers invited artists representing an extraordinary variety of disciplines, including painters, illustrators, graphic designers, filmmakers, photographers, and product designers. Each of the artists was sent one of the little baggies and asked to fill it in any way they wished.

I found Jordin by phone in his studio today and he said, “We wanted to have an exhibit where the show itself, as well as the individual pieces, are a work of art.” He certainly succeeded, and GR/New York’s small gallery space proves to be an ideal environment for the art. I found myself looking at each of the three walls of the installation as a whole element before zeroing in on individual images. In fact, I spent quite a while looking at each piece, with the idea of purchasing one.

Read the rest of Peggy’s article here and for goodness sake, if you haven’t already, get over to GRNY for the show.


[top photo strip: Heads Up at Giant Robot. Left: Trapped in a Bag by Calef Brown. Center: I Didn’t Bust No, Uh, Hip-Hop Moves by Gregory Benton. Right: Head by Jordin Isip. All copyright the artists, photos: Peggy Roalf.]

Dime Bag 3 at Giant Robot featuring tons of Illustration Alums/Faculty/Students


Giant Robot is proud to host a tiny exhibition of colossal proportions curated by artists Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens.

Dime Bag 3 is the ninth in an ongoing series of events by Isip and Stevens, bringing together over 200 artists from New York City and beyond representing an extraordinary variety of disciplines. Painters, illustrators, graphic designers, filmmakers, photographers, product designers, and others have been invited to create artworks specifically designed to be exhibited in 3-inch plastic bags: dime bags. Each artist was sent one of the symbolic baggies and asked to fill it in any way they wished.

Artists participating in Dime Bag 3 are:

Ian Adelman
Lindsey Adelman
Keira Alexandra
Selina Alko
Jashar Awan
Jordan Awan
Dan Aycock
Scott Bakal
Lindsey Balbierz (A)
Karen Barbour
Michael Bartalos
George Bates (A)(F)
Melinda Beck
Charlie Becker
Polly Becker
Mike Bellamy (A)
Laura Bellmont
Gregory Benton
Jud Bergeron
Hanne Berkaak (A)
Annette Berry
Angela Boatwright
Max Bode
Kelsey Bohlinger
Juliette Borda
Kim Bost
Kelie Bowman
Claudia Brandenburg
Amanda Brown
Calef Brown
Chris Buzelli
SooJin Buzelli
Joseph Buzzell
William Buzzell (A)
Noel Chanyungco
Mariano Ching
Yong Choe (A)
Beryl Chung (A)
Benjamin Clarke
Noel Claro (F)
Dana Collins
Cynthia Connolly
Alika Cooper
Louie Cordero
Michael Coughlan
Brian Cronin
Tara Cullen
Daniel Davidson
Georganne Deen
Andrew Degraff
Edward del Rosario (F)
Dave Delaney
Rachel Domm
Paul Donald
Dora Drimalas
Dima Drjuchin (A)
Joel Dugan
Chris Duncan
Carl Dunn (A)
Chad Dziewior
Charles Eckert
Emily Eibel
Morgan Elliot
Steve Ellis
Kiersten Essenpreis
Evah Fan
Ingo Fast (A)
Ray Fenwick
Cat Ferraz (A)
Brian Flynn
Patrick JB Flynn
Gary Fogelson
Bella Foster
James Benjamin Franklin
John Freeborn
David Fremont
Shannon Freshwater
Sam Friedman
Martina Fugazzotto
James Gallagher (F)
Ryan Gallagher
Susie Ghahremani
Florence Gidez (A)
Jason Glasser
Leah Goldensohn
Johanna Goodman (A)
Keith Greiman
Matt Haber
Marcellus Hall
George Harbeson (A)
Joseph Hart
Maya Hayuk
Matt Hollister
Charles Immer
Jordin Isip (F)
Mara Isip
Minako Iwamura
Rich Jacobs
Oliver Jeffers
Frances Jetter
Chesiel John (A)
Matt Johnson
Aya Kakeda
Leah Kalotay
Christina Kampson
Nina Katan
Amy S. Kauffman
Misaki Kawai
Caitlin Keegan
Patrick Keesey
Andy Kehoe (A)
Tricia Keightley
Tim Kerr
Hiroshi Kimura
James Kirkpatrick
Viktor Koen (F)
Hiro Kurata (A)

Craig LaRotonda
Cat Lauigan (A)
Hannah K. Lee (A)
Liz Lee (A)
Sae-am Lee (A)

Rob Leecock
Matt Leines
Jodi Levine
Laura Levine
Phil Lubliner
Alex Lukas
Anthony Macbain
Ashley Macomber
Julie Manso
Sara Antoinette Martin
Eddie Martinez
Sophie Mathoulin
Margaret McCartney
Adam McCauley (A)
Melissa McGill
Ted McGrath
Richard McGuire
Taylor McKimens
Elizabeth Meluch
Jeffrey Ashe Meyer
David Miller (A)
Bronwyn Minton
Tezh Modarressi
Nicole Momaney
Brendan Monroe
Lilah Montgomery (A)
James Moore
Pam Morris
Brad Mossman
Ana Mouyis  (A)
Ilse Murdock
James Austin Murray
Gregory Nemec
Ron Nemec
Phillip Fivel Nessen (A)
Laura Normandin
Kate O’Connor
Shu Okada (A)
Frank Olinsky (F)

Soner On
Alex Ostroy
Jake Panian
Chang Park (F)
Leif Parsons
Jason Polan
Jason Porter
Giselle Potter
Sean Qualls
Jeff Quinn (F)
Cassie Ramone
John Rauchenberger
Kristina Reddy (A)
Lauren Redniss (F)
Liz Riccardi
Martha Rich
Geoff Rockwell
Edel Rodriguez
Les Rogers
Julia Rothman
Lea Rude
Stanley Ruiz
Anthony Russo
David Sandlin
Kim Scafuro
Kim Schifino
Nicole Schorr
Blake Scott
Anna Sea
Christina Sheppard (A)
Christine Shields
Yasmin Sison
Paul Slifer
Andy Smenos
Ryan Jacob Smith
Jeff Soto
Becca Stadtlander
Rodger Stevens (A)(F)
Holly Stevenson
Georgie Stout
Scott Stowell
Katherine Streeter
Derek Stukuls
Gary Taxali
Gabriel Tick (A)
Mark Todd
Lara Tomlin
Mark Turgeon
Katie Turner (S)
Justin Valdes
Madeline Valentine
Nichole van Beek
Willian van Roden
Jonathan Viner
Dominique Vitali
Roxie Vizcarra (A)
Karyn Vogel
Valeriya Volkova
Adam Wallacavage
Ryan Wallace
Jessica Ward (A)
David Weeks
Kaeleen Wescoat-O’Neill
Eric White
Justin White
Beth Whitney
Jasmine Wigandt (A)
C.K. Wilde
Nate Williams
Richard Wilson
Jeff Winterberg
Mike Wodkowski
Courtney Wotherspoon
James Yang
Tobin Yelland
Christine Young (A)
Zachary Zezima (A)

Bill Zindel

(Names in red are either Parsons Illustration alums, current students, or faculty members–If I missed any, let me know!)

A reception featuring many of the artists will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 PM on Saturday, July 18.

Updated: The Panorama Project 3 at Jonathan Levine

The Panorama Project 3: 134 artists, one continuous piece
curated by Jordin Isip
(Parsons Illustration Faculty)
and Rodger Stevens (Parsons Illustration Faculty and Alum)
September 6th—October 4th, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6th, 7pm—9pm
Jonathan Levine Gallery, NYC

The Panorama Project 3 is a group exhibition featuring commissioned works by over one hundred artists, which will be combined to create a single collective artwork and a site-specific installation. This show will be the latest in a series of large-scale group exhibitions curated by New York based artists Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens. Since 2001, they have been bringing together an ever-expanding network of painters, sculptors, illustrators, designers, photographers, and video makers to create conceptually and visually unconventional group projects. Some of the original participants included: Doze Green, Chris Johanson, Misaki Kawai, Barry McGee, Georgie Stout, and Eric White.This exhibition is a variation on one of their earliest efforts.  It creates a single, continuous work, comprised of one hundred and thirty-four individual pieces.

The participating artists each received a 7” x  5” wooden panel, on which to create their portion of the installation, with one requirement:each work had to include some manner of horizontal line or division, set at 1-3/4” from the bottom of the board. This common visual device allows each of the separate pieces, when installed together side by side, to cohere into one long contiguous image**a panorama, encircling the entire gallery space. With no knowledge of what would appear on either side of their panel, each artist had the freedom to interpret the line in their own unique way. The installation creates a grand and unpredictable visual synthesis, in a monumental iteration of the exquisite corpse concept. Bringing together artists from so many disparate fields, unlikely to ever appear in the same exhibition space at the same time, this show creates an opportunity for lively experimentation and unexpected results, inspiring innovation while working within a set of prescribed limitations.

The show features a whole plethora of Parsons faculty and alums including:

Yong Choe
Carl Dunn
Ingo Fast
Johanna Goodman
Chesiel John
Andy Kehoe
Hiro Kurata
Liz Lee
Chang Park (faculty)
Jeff Quinn (faculty)
Jessica Ward
Noel Claro

William Buzzell

AJ Fosik
Eddie del Rosario (faculty)
James Gallagher (faculty)
Cat Lauigan
Philip Fivel Nessen
Jordin Isip (faculty)
Rodger Stevens (faculty)


Jordin Isip is from Queens, NY and has lived in Brooklyn since graduating with a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He makes artwork for both publication and gallery walls. His work has appeared in numerous publications including: The Atlantic Monthly, Juxtapoz, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Time. He has curated over a dozen group exhibitions including Mystery Meat at Future Prospects (Phillipines), Scab on My Brain at Space 1026 (Philadelphia), and A Piece Apart at Aidan Savoy (NYC).

Rodger Stevens was born in Brooklyn NY. He studied at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design, where he currently teaches. His sculptures, installations, and drawings have been exhibited in galleries and museums in New York and abroad and he has been commissioned by numerous institutions including: The Whitney Museum of Art, Tiffany&Co, The Rockwell Group, W Hotel, Sotheby’s, and MTV. His work has been featured in publications such as Art&Antiques, Harper’sBazaar, Elle Decor, and The New York Times.

The Panorama Project 3
September 6th—October 4th, 2008
Jonathan Levine Gallery
529 W. 20th Street, 9E
New York, NY 10011

Rodger Stevens gets interviewed!



Adjunct Faculty member Rodger Stevens sat down with the great people over at the Spraygraphic Sprayblog and held forth on his art, work ethic, and inspirations. Here’s a taste:

SG: What mediums do you work with?

RS: I work almost exclusively with wire but I wouldn’t kick wood, cardboard or string out of my studio.

SG: Describe your working process when creating a new work.

RS: I think about the thing before falling asleep; draw all about it on the subway; then the work becomes visible in my mind and I try to make it.

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

RS: There are many things that bridle my ability to work: the demands of being a father for example, but being creatively blocked has so far not been one of them.

SG: Where are you currently finding your inspiration?

RS: Everywhere really. I think just about everything I look at, everything, plays a role in what comes out.

SG: How did you become a freelance artist/designer for companies such as MTV, Tiffanys & Co, Federal Reserve Bank, etc….

RS: Constant hustling; a determination not to be intimidated; a willingness to try anything; and an acceptance of rejection, of which there was/is plenty.

Catch the rest of Rodger’s interview here!