In The Press: KAWS, Sarah Sze and Julianne Swartz in T: The New York Times Style Magazine

June 20, 2011

Brian Donnelly (BFA 1996 Illustration), better known as KAWS, is the focus of an interview in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, this month. Donnelly, a graffiti artist, illustrator, toymaker, sculptor and painter who has worked with Kanye West among others, discusses one of his recent sculptures, Companion (Passing Through). The 16-foot-tall mouse was recently transferred from the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut to New York’s Standard hotel.

Also making an appearance in this month’s T are two other members of the SVA community, Sarah Sze (MFA 1997 Fine Arts) and MFA Fine Arts Department faculty member Julianne Swartz. The art work of both women is part of Section 2 of the High Line, located on Manhattan’s West Side. Section 2 opened to the public on June 8.

City dwelling birds will find that Sze’s Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat), a steel-and-wood apartment complex for wildlife, provides quite the urban escape in addition to being a piece of artwork. Swartz’s Digital Empathy is a sound piece installed in High Line elevators, bathrooms and drinking fountains that features a soothing electronic voice making announcements such as reminders not to lick the fountain and encouraging passersby to pamper themselves.

Images: (top) Still Life with Landscape (Model for a Habitat), Sarah Sze’s work for the High Line. Image courtesy the artist. Julianne Swartz’s Digital Empathy. Image courtesy the Artist.

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