Tales from the Crit #3
School of Visual Arts presents “Tales from the Crit #3,” an exhibition of work by figurative artists from the BFA Illustration class of 2019. Curated by department chair Thomas Woodruff, the exhibition is on view Saturday, August 3, through Saturday, September 7, at the SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street, New York City.
Far from focusing solely on editorial illustration, BFA Illustration fosters creative variety, educating young artists with real skills and conceptual problem-solving acumen for myriad fields. “Many graduates have gone on to have illustrious (no pun intended) gallery careers,” Woodruff says, “and we are certain that this talented bunch, with their exquisite sensibilities, will ascend the steep inclines of the art-world hierarchy. Remember their names, because you will see their work again.”
As always, there is no definitive “look” to the exhibition’s display. Diversity is paramount, and the common thread is a celebration of craft in the service of content. Mood, atmosphere, humor, identity, sexuality, beauty, fantasy and perversity are all explored by the participating young artists.
The artists are Haijing Chen, Darby Dawid, Esmé C. Eldridge, Xiaoyi (Jessica) Han, Baoying Huang, Timon I, Sanggi Lee, Chenwei Lin, Matthew Molloy, Ka Yu (Ellie) Ng, Angel Ramos, José Ramos Jr. and Yesora Song.