Several SVA alumni are taking part in current exhibitions that explore new approaches to traditional forms. Banks Violette (BFA 1998 Fine Arts) is showing new work in two locations simultaneously: the Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street, and Team Gallery, 83 Grand Street; both shows run through Friday, August 17. As with most of Violette’s recent work, the pieces on display in both spaces move past traditional notions of sculpture to include multi-media collaboration with musician Stephen O’Malley. Violette and O’Malley have worked together on three major projects, and these new exhibitions are meant to function as a bridge with these previous installations.
Another form is re-thought one block north in “The Evolution of the Digital Portrait,” a new show at ClampArt, 521 – 531 West 25th Street, through August 17. This exhibition looks at how the standard form of the photographic portrait has changed and progressed with the growing use of digital media. The work of 10 contemporary artists is on display, including novel takes on the portrait from alumni Simen Johan (BFA 1996 Photography), Noah Kalina (BFA 2003 Photography), Jake Rowland (BFA 2006 Photography) and Marc Yankus (BFA 1981 Illustration).