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The Book Show

September 21 - October 13, 2012
drawing of a man holding an animal surrounded by a floral wreath. There is handwriting describing the man to the right of the picture.
"The Book Show," September 21- October 13, 2012
Credit: Artist: Natalya Balnova


Mon, Sep 24; 6:00 - 8:00pm

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “The Book Show,” an exhibition of book projects completed during Spring 2012 by students in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Class of 2013. Curated by Department Chair Marshall Arisman and faculty member Carl Nicholas Titolo, the exhibition will be on view September 21 – October 13 at the SVA Gallery, 209 East 23 Street, New York City.

Natalya Balnova’s Day Job explores the lives of famous artists, writers, poets and musicians and the jobs that allowed them to maintain their creative careers. “It is a book about dreamers forging a path in the art world despite its challenges,” says Balnova.

Molly Brooks’ The Agents Octopus Vs. The Mad Scientist follows two secret agents who are chasing a fugitive scientist. When they finally catch up with him, they are forced to fight their way through his secret laboratory and its various nefarious inventions.

Jonathan Burkhardt’s Amidst a Falling World tells the true story of a Soviet submarine captain during the Cuban Missile Crisis who prevented his commanding officer from launching a nuclear torpedo on American forces, most likely preventing the outbreak of WWIII. The book draws from documentary evidence recently released into the National Security Archive.

Matthew Denton Burrows’ Just A Glimpse is a foreboding yet hopeful look at the near future based on increasing urbanization.

Rovina Cai’s Ravens documents Cai’s recent trip to Iceland. Combining landscapes and whimsical imaginary scenes, the book captures impressions of a stark yet beautiful place where the line between reality and magic is sometimes blurred.

Dave Casey’s Kelpie is an illustrated collection of creatures and spirits from Celtic mythology.

Boyeon Choi’s 2 Days in Vienna is about Choi’s experience in Vienna staying at a complete stranger's house.

Hye Jin Chung’s The Stink is based on Bernard Weber’s 2004 short story “Fragrance,” about a giant meteorite that stinks.

Maëlle Doliveux’s Louise Arner Boyd: The Girl Who Tamed the Arctic is based on the life of the heiress and California socialite who was a leader of arctic expeditions, a skilled photographer, expert hunter (rumor said she once shot 19 polar bears in one day) and nature lover. Before her death in 1972, she became the first woman to fly over the North Pole, the first woman elected to the board of the American Geographical Society, and is the namesake of Louise Boyd Land in East Greenland–her principal region of exploration. 

Che Min Hsiao’s Practice in Riverside is a memoir about playing college basketball in Taiwan dedicated to the artist’s former teammates and home town.

Federico Infante’s Absent Without Leave is based on the last 10 years of his brother’s life. Through images alone, the story describes the lonely road he lived due to an illness. The book considers the passage of time, temperature changes, textures and atmospheres, for his perseverance to stay on his feet.

Keren Katz’s Crossing the Rubikon-A Fairy Tale of Shadows and Lubricants is the story of Captain Hook, once a glorified Rubik's Cube champion. 

Hyunyoung Kim’s
10 Days With Bibi documents the 10 days Kim spent in Australia visiting an old friend who married a Chinese immigrant and settled in Melbourne.

Sarah Klinger’s bookis a collection of humorous vignettes intended to capture the everyday drama of the world's flora and fauna.

Keith Negley’s Father’s Day uses a day at the park to explore the feelings of isolation, anxiety and guilt of a young father who loves his son, but is disillusioned by the responsibilities of being a parent.

Jade Schulz’s book challenges the idea of portraiture with a collection of portraits of musicians loved and respected. 

Karen Steinecke’s book spins a dark twist on the Christmas classic “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” featuring the beastly Krampus, Santa Claus’ evil counterpart.

Andrea Tsurumi’s Over Here follows three friends–the reluctant Lucille, the gregarious Strum, and the charismatic Pandora Jr.–as they set out to explore a city transformed by frozen canals.

Yue Wang’s Babyseed tells the story of a heroic tiny seed.

The MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay is designed to maximize students’ opportunities as figurative artists, from the conventional gallery wall to the full range of 21st-century media. The program fuses the development of creative thinking with technical and communication skills. Additional focus is placed on best practices in navigating the visual art marketplace while empowering students to choose making art as a way of life.

Free and open to the public
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