After completing studies in the MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department in 2009, Russ Spitkovsky, Kristy Caldwell, Ray Jones, Matt Barteluce, and Christopher Darling sought to create a platform where artists, writers, designers, and illustrators could have full creative control but still participate in the commercial art market. The result is Carrier Pigeon, a quarterly journal of illustrated fiction and fine art that challenges the idea that there is a hierarchy among artistic disciplines. Each issue contains six sinister tales of short fiction along with six forward-looking artist portfolios. The main aim of the project is to create a publication that is also a stand-alone work of art.
Issue 4 (now available) features an eye-catching cover design by BFA Fine Arts Department faculty member Bruce Waldman. Kristy Caldwell captures the mood of an artfully crafted monologue with her clever brush and ink drawings, while artist Rachel Allison (MFA 2009 Illustration as Visual Essay) locates the essence of “discovery” in a story about reconciliation through her intimate illustrations that read like environmental snapshots. Editor-in-chief Russ Spitkovsky adds some poetic musings about sleeping and dreaming in outer space, complimented by Matt Barteluce’s playfully whimsical images. Plus much more.
For more information about Carrier Pigeon and to preview the latest issue, visit www.carrierpigeonmag.com.