SVA faculty members hit the ground running in 2014 with new exhibitions in Texas and California. BFA Fine Arts Chair Suzanne Anker presents “While Darkness Sleeps,” an exhibition of works derived from and inspired by nature. Featuring video animation, prototypical designs, miniature landscapes and 3-D extruded sculptures, Anker’s work exists at the nexus of biological sciences and visual arts. With themes and pieces taken from art history and contemporary marine biology research, Aker’s exhibition commemorates the ebbs and flows of the natural world. On view at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC), Dallas, Texas, through March 1.
Mark Tribe, chair of MFA Fine Arts and founder of Rhizome, participates in “SonicWorks,” a multi-platform exhibition of innovations in sound and art practice. For part one of the exhibition, the legendary DiverseWorks shares selections from their extensive archive. Part two of the exhibition provides a platform for discrete sound installations, three-dimensional designs, interactive pieces and live performances. As part of the multi-media exhibition, Tribe collaborated with artists Pauline Oliveros and Maria Rosenfield for a live sound performance on January 10. Ephemera and other documentation from each performance remains on view, creating an accumulative exhibition. On view at DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas, through March 1.
BFA Illustration and BFA Cartooning Chair Thomas Woodruff showcases visionary tableau narratives with “The Legends of the Mysterious Rocks,” a collection of paintings and drawings that capture delicately rendered mythical ecology, imaginative landscapes and embodied foliage. With scientific accuracy and whimsy, Woodruff depicts a world where fantasy, reality and dream territories collide. A muted color palette coupled with Woodruff’s elaborate detail transports the viewer to a realm where pearl-adorned ostriches and anthropomorphized trees coexist. On view at Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, California, through February 15.
Image: Suzanne Anker, While Darkness Sleeps, 2013, archival inkjet print on paper, 58×44 inches.