Blow It Up

September 1, 2010

The Society of Illustrators (SOI), 128 East 63rd Street, is hosting “Blow Up: Hanuka, Shimizu, Weber,” a new exhibition spotlighting the work of three SVA alumni: Tomer Hanuka (BFA 2000 Illustration), Yuko Shimizu (MFA 2003 Illustration as Visual Essay) and Sam Weber (MFA 2005 Illustration as Visual Essay). On view September 1 – October 16, the show brings together the artists’ different backgrounds (Hanuka is from Israel, Shimizu comes from Japan and Weber is Canadian) into what the SOI is calling a “visual melting pot of contemporary image making.”

Hanuka’s works were developed during research for an upcoming graphic novel, The Divine, which is scheduled to be published by First Second Books later this year; Shimizu contributes images that use traditional wood-cut print techniques to address contemporary political and social issues; and Weber’s pieces are based on Western portraiture but quickly veer into anxious and mysterious moods. SOI is hosting an opening reception on Friday, September 10, 6:30pm, with a suggested donation of $10; contact [email protected] by Friday, September 3, to RSVP.

Image: Sam Weber, The Crow Proce, 2010.

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