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MFA Illustration: The Book Show

September 20 - October 11, 2014
A book cover belonging to Adriaen Van Der Donck that icludes soldiers, a windmill, an indian, an owl and a fort or city int he back ground.
Credit: Artist: Chris Bonnell


Mon, Sep 22; 6:00 - 8:00pm

School of Visual Arts presents “The Book Show,” an exhibition of books created by 19 MFA Illustration as Visual Essay students. Curated by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay chair Marshall Arisman, the exhibition will be on view Saturday, September 20, through Saturday, October 11, at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City.

Each year, first-year students in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department develop a book based on their personal vision. The form of the book can be a graphic novel, visual essay, illustrated song, historical text or an illustrated children’s book. These one-of-a-kind books are bound and exhibited along with the original work from the book, presenting an unfiltered look at each student’s process.

Chris Bonnell’s The Mysterious Life of Adriaen van der Donck: Part One is the first of a series of tales that chronicle the adventures of one of America's earliest revolutionaries. Rendered in pen and ink, the chapter on view covers his 1642 voyage from the Dutch Republic to the New World, where, as a lawman in an experimental corporate colony, he establishes the virtues of personal freedom and civil rights in America.

Alexa Cassaro’s Panphobia: the Fear of Everything is an illustrated dictionary of irrational phobias. Her colorful mixed-media illustrations invoke the disorientation caused by fear.

Ballet of the Beard, by Andrew Craft, is a wordless children's book about a young ballerina who climbs a giant beard. Equal parts Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Shadow of the Colossus and self-portrait, Craft’s book explores a minimalist economy of storytelling via acrylic painting techniques.

Steve Cup presents Sex and Death, an informative visual essay of struggle, misconceptions, vitality and hope based on a series of short interviews with a person living with HIV.

Using graphite and digital media, Sarah Dvojack presents The Waves of Tory, an Irish folktale about a so-called witch and her young daughter.

In Jellyfinger, Francisco Galarraga digitally renders a visual exploration of real-life sexual experiences, interpolated with fantasies, desires and nightmares.

Alina Gorban’s Ice Cream Summer tells a story of two teenage girls who test their newly found sexual powers by seducing their friend’s much older and religious brother using ink and digital illustration.

String of Lights, by Allene La Spina, is an exploration via digital illustration of all the ways the word string is used in the English language and how context can change the word’s meaning.

Greg Hedderman presents Ballad/Spring, a book of digital illustrations inspired in part by the Child Ballads, a collection of traditional folk songs gathered by Frances James Child during the second half of the 19th century, as well as the tapestries and wall hangings of the Renaissance.

Mike Hirshon’s Bungles and Blunders: Missteps in History and the Losers Who Made Them chronicles fallen empires, friendly fire, invasive species, and poorly picked fights spanning 3000 years through digital illustrations.

To All the Rappers I Have Loved, by Lily Hoyda, is a love letter to the rap and hip-hop artists that fight against racist notions that their genres are dominated by homophobia and misogyny.

Lisha Jiang’s The Night Delivery describes the adventures of a mailman making a late-night delivery using ink and digital illustrations

Michael Lauritano’s These Are Dangerous Waters, set on an ocean liner and visually inspired by timeless Art Deco posters, follows the travels of an observant young boy with a spyglass. As sea monster sightings pile up in the face of dismissive adults, readers are ultimately left with the question: Why shouldn't we let our imagination get the best of us?

Nicholas Little’s Cheating Death is a series of digitally illustrated culturally ingrained English idioms.

For her digitally illustrated book A True Story, Tianhua Mao collected stories that parents tell their children in response to the question “Where do I come from?”

Amanda Moeckel presents The Aura Project, a series of mixed-media illustrations on wood representing 13 aura readings performed by the artist.

Mo Razzouqi presents a pencil and digital-ink adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Elaheh Taherian presents a series of illustrations made with mixed media on paper, telling the story of a girl’s experience on a journey.

Yufei Zhao presents a series of humorous digital illustrations demystifying the practice of Kung Fu.

Free and open to the public
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