The BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department presents “Man-Made Monsters,” a new exhibition of selected work from the department’s third-year students. Each artist used pre-existing monster-themed materials, such as fictional or non-fictional texts, for inspiration to create work that touched on any of four topics: the “monster of science and technology,” the “self-made monster,” the “conjured monster” and the “societal monster.”
The students researched a variety of films, plays, novels and short stories, including Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, HG Wells’ Island of Lost Souls and The Invisible Man, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Rappacinni’s Daughter, William Tsutsui’s Godzilla on My Mind, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Man Who Was Used Up, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange and Carl Dreyer’s Passion of Joan of Arc. “Man-Made Monsters” will be on view at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, March 24 – April 8; there will be an opening reception on Tuesday, March 28, 6 – 8pm.
Image: Cecilia Granata, January from Kitty Calendar, 2006.