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Guest Speakers : SVA MFA VISUAL NARRATIVE 2013-2016


Chrissie Iles, Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, discusses Paul McCarthy: Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement.

This exhibition brought together a group of new and rarely seen works by Paul McCarthy. The installations, films, photographs, and drawings that were on view focused on a central element of McCarthy's practice: the way the body is destabilized through dislocations of architectural space. The disorientation that threads though all of the works that were shown there were at once formal, corporeal, and psychological. The screens, projectors, and rotating cameras of Spinning Room placed the viewer at the center of hypnotic environment whereas the moving walls and doors of Bang Bang Room collapsed our notion of stable architectural space. Whitney Curator Chrissie Iles gave us the lowdown.


Alexander Juhasz, production and character designer, The Little Prince

Mister Juhasz completed a BFA in Illustration at the School of visual Arts in New York in 2005. With director Jamie Caliri. he created many successful and award winning projects together such as: United Airlines commercials, Heart and Dragon, The Shins: Rifle’s Spiral music video and the United States of Tara main title sequence.

In 2012 Alex was invited to join The Babadook crew in Australia to create a Pop-up Book for the film. As of today, The Babadook has been critically acclaimed as the “Best Horror Film of 2014” and has won multiple awards internationally.  The Pop-up book is being published as a collectible item. The Little Prince with director Mark Osborne, will be released in 2016.


Alicia DeSantis | Ambidextrous New Media Art/Editrix for The New York Times.

Alicia DeSantis is a visual journalist living in Brooklyn, NY. She grew up in Chicago, Scotland, and Texas, amongst other places — finally landing in Boston, where she graduated from Harvard. She is currently working as the graphics editor for culture at the New York Times. In 2013, she received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she completed a dissertation on the history of mental imagery.


Claire Phillips | Feminist Science Fiction 

Ms. Phillips is the author of the novella, Black Market Babies (11th Hour, 1998) and recipient of the Academy of American Poets, First Prize. A regular contributor for Black Clock magazine, she has read for the publication with notable authors Mark Z. Danielewski, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, and Geoff Nicholson, and participated in the 2014 LA Lit Crawl. Presently she teaches writing at  CalArts, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and at UC Irvine. She is co-founder and coordinator of the L.A. Writers Reading Series at Glendale Community College, now in its sixth year, with notable author appearances by Aimee Bender, Bernard Cooper, James Ellory, Janet Fitch, Amy Gerstler, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, David L. Ulin, and D.J. Waldie, among others.

Joshua Yumibe Ph.D. | Color in Early Cinema 
Dr. Yumibe is Associate Professor  Director of Film Studies University of Michigan and the author of Moving Color: Early Film, Mass Culture, Modernism (Rutgers University Press, 2012), which examines early color cinema in relation to the cultural and aesthetic horizon of modernism and modernity. His research focuses on the aesthetic and technological history of cinema. Other areas of interest include avant-garde and experimental cinemas, nineteenth and early twentieth century visual culture, Frankfurt school theory, and archival theories and practices. He is also the co-author of Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2015), with Giovanna Fossati, Tom Gunning, and Jonathon Rosen.
Henrik Drescher | China Days
In 1967 Drescher and his family emigrated to the United States. Drescher began studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston but quit after one semester to become an illustrator. While travelling in North America and Europe he kept journals of notes and drawings that informed his later work.

Drescher's editorial illustrations appear regularly in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone. He has also written and illustrated several books, including books for children.
His newest book is called China Days (Chronicle Books).

Alexandra Zsigmond of The New York Times | The Anxiety Series

Day in, day out, Alexandra Zsigmond, Deputy Art Director for the Opinion section in The New York Times works with some of the world’s top illustrators, designers and image makers.

Graham Rawle  |  Case studies in Visual Narrative
Graham Rawle is a writer and collage artist whose visual work incorporates illustration, design, photography and installation. Amongst his published books are the Wonder Book of Fun, Lying Doggo, and Diary of an Amateur Photographer. His critically acclaimed Woman’s World, a novel created entirely from fragments of found text, is being made into a feature film.
His reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz won 2009 Book of the Year at the British Book Design Awards. Graham lectures and exhibits internationally and teaches on the MA Sequential Design/Illustration and MA Arts and Design by Independent Project courses at the University of Brighton. His most recent book, The Card, was published in June 2012 by Atlantic Books.
Lewis Klahr | Collage Artist
Called "the reigning proponent of cut and paste" by J. Hoberman of the Village Voice, master collagist Lewis Klahr has been making films since 1977. He is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic collage films which have screened extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia—in venues such as New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the LA County Museum of Art, the Tate Modern and REDCAT. In May of 2010, The Wexner Center for the Arts presented a five program retrospective of Klahr's films. In March of 2013 the Museum of the Moving Image presented a retrospective weekend of Klahr's digital work since 2008.
Martha Colburn | Multi-threat Multi-Media Artist
Martha Colburn is best known for her animation films, which are created through puppetry, collage, and paint on glass techniques.
Colburn (b. 1971, Gettysburg, PA) earned a MA from Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL and a BA from Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD. She is the recipient of numerous awards, grants and residencies including the Rema Hort Mann Award, the Sarah Lawrence College Film Award, the Kenneth Patchen Award, the New York Foundation of the Arts Grant, the New York Council for the Arts Grant, the Experimental Television Grant, the Jerome Foundation Film Grant and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant.

Lou Beach | Construction Worker with Scissors and Glue

Lou Beach was born in Germany of Polish parents, came to the US when he was 4. Lou Beach is a wildly successful illustrator, working in the music business, publishing and magazine/newspapers arenas working creating many now classic album covers.

Writing has come as a surprising second act for him. Beach has also been revitalized in migrating to fine art by showing in multiple acclaimed and successful gallery exhibitions and showing with his two adult children, Sam and Alpha Lubicz. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago.



Mark Kingsley | Branding and Design Philosophy

Mark Kingsley received a personal lesson in branding from Ralph Lauren… traveled with the punk band Bad Religion… counts some of the greatest cultural institutions in the United States as his clients … co-owned an award-winning design studio for over 15 years… believes that leading is also mentoring… was nominated for a Grammy… was an author on SpeakUp, the first significant design blog… was at Ogilvy’s Brand Innovation Group (BIG) during its height… worked at Landor as the global creative lead on the Citi account… knows the dark arts of corporate America.


Carl Schoonover | The Mind Looks at the Brain

Dr. Schoonover is a postdoctoral fellow in the Axel Laboratory at Columbia University where he investigates the neural circuitry of behaviors mediated by olfaction. His doctoral work in the Bruno Laboratory at Columbia University focused on microanatomy and electrophysiology of rodent somatosensory cortex. He is the author of Portraits of the Mind, and has written for The New York Times, Le Figaro, and Scientific American. In 2007 he co-founded NeuWrite, a collaborative working group for scientists, writers, and those in between.Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century (Abrams 2010) follows the fascinating exploration of the brain through images.


Martin Venezky | Appetite Engineers

Martin Venezky is the mastermind and master designer behind Appetite Engineers, an internationally recognized, San Francisco-based design firm that has been running on all cylinders since it was founded in 1997. At that time Venezky was celebrated for his design of Speak Magazine, an adventurous and groundbreaking quarterly. But soon Appetite Engineers expanded into exhibition design for Reebok (1998, 1999), revolutionary print work for the Sundance Film Festival (2001), and award-winning catalogs for the Wattis Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the International Center of Photography.

Linda Holliday, CEO of CITIA Reconstructs the Book
The ebook company Citia is making and selling books that are reformatted as hyperactive, virtual, stacks of cards. Linda Holliday, CEO will explain the history, philosophy & current incarnation of the Citia system for e-book publishing, which is attempting nothing short of re-imagining publishing & re-engineering the form of the book itself.

Each stack of digital files—tagged with search terms, scattered across the Web—can be redistributed as fragments from a book-as-mothership, to which a reader might never return.

Chris Fisher, Background Painter

Titmouse Animation Studio, NY.

Titmouse, Inc. is an animation studio that develops and produces animated television programming, feature films, music videos, title sequences, commercials and short films. The studio opened in 2000, and has offices in Los Angeles, New York City, Saharanpur, and Vancouver.

SARAH FORNACE | Manual Cinema, Chicago.
SARAH FORNACE is a choreographer, performer, and narrative theorist based in Chicago. Her interests include: narrative structure, theories of time, non-verbal storytelling, spectacle, and interactions with (in)animate objects. She has choreographed fights and stunts for Depaul University, Court Theatre, Red Orchid Theatre, Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep. series, The New Colony, Adventure Stage, and elsewhere. She has performed with Redmoon, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Collaboraction, and Babes with Blades. Sarah has been a member of Blair Thomas and Company (puppetry) and Boum Twa (ladder acrobatics). She currently teaches movement at Columbia College Chicago.
John Hogan | Comics and Conceptual Art
John Hogan creates artworks engendering drawing, writing, music, performance, radio-plays, and video.  His performance art evokes popular forms such as Community Theater and garage rock, which resist professionalization and celebrate untrained enthusiasm.  His paintings and drawings are built on a visual vocabulary rooted in American folk art, the Old Masters of Renaissance Europe, Japanese scroll painting, and underground comics.
Hogan satirizes the grandstanding of dominant ideologies, with a focus on comic anti-heroes in situations that dramatize imperialistic, colonial, and institutional struggles.




Alexander Ross | Influence Threads

The painting and drawing practices of Alexander Ross, always in fundamental opposition, have increasingly been cross-pollinating. The paintings create photorealist illusions, and are thus, to a high degree, preordained. They are mappings of a kind, in which, in Caroll Dunham’s appreciative phrase, Ross “systematizes rendering as a conflation of sonar and paint-by-numbers.” The drawings are earthy and florid, drawn as if by an ecstatic 19th-century Dr. Seuss looking through a microscope and reporting back from the microbial frontier.

- Hybrids, Mutants: Alexander Ross at David Nolan by David Brody



Gary Panter was born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas. He studied painting at the East Texas State University and moved to Los Angeles in 1977. In L.A. he worked on multiple fronts, including painting, design, comics, and commercial imagery, establishing a pattern of creating across traditional boundaries, and in multiple media, that endures to this day. Can I mention Pee Wee's Playhouse ?

In the late 1970s he exhibited his first major suite of paintings and drew posters and fliers for the likes of The Germs and The Screamers. He also began a long association with the various incarnations of Pee-wee Herman, as well as creating the early adventures of his punk/nuclear/hillbilly alter ego, Jimbo. In 1980 Gary published "The Rozz-Tox Manifesto", a highly influential document that directed his generation to infiltrate the mainstream with underground ideas and culture.

Gary's paintings occupy a large portion of a very prolific 1980s, during which he also designed the sets and puppets for Pee-wee's Playhouse, completed record covers for the likes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and maintained an active comics output through his own mini-comics and his contributions to Raw magazine and other anthologies.


Anton Marini | Vade

Anton Marini (vade) is a video performance artist and programmer. His artwork focuses on improvisation and realtime manipulation of video. He plays, bends, rips, tears, shreds, morphs, molds, glitches and synthesizes pixels to form new visual experiences. He designs open source tools to help facilitate the realtime video performance medium.

He is a former artist in residence at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and researcher in residence at NYU's Brooklyn Experimental Media Center. He has also taught at Parsons/New School Design and Technology Department and performed and taught workshops at many new media and video festivals around the world.


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