Current SVA faculty and alumni exhibitions refresh archetypal images and engage audiences with cultural narratives that are mechanical and animal in nature.
BFA Cartooning faculty member Gary Panter’s “Dream Town” is a post-war treatment of 20th Century icons. An amalgam of pop culture references and archetypes, Panter’s latest exhibition contains heroes, soldiers, wrestlers and monsters in moments of relaxation, victory and conflict. Seventeen paintings on canvas reveal a multitude of painting techniques including the use of translucent washes and flat acrylics. On view at Fredericks & Freiser, 536 W 24th Street, through September 27.
Justine Kurland (BFA 1996 Photography), known for her photographs of utopian American landscapes, presents “Sincere Auto Care,” an exhibition of documentary style photojournalism specific to car culture and residents of the open road. Juxtaposing two narratives, Kurland offers a perspective on the sexy American Dream aspect of car culture and the undercarriage lives of mechanics behind the scenes. Formal elegance coupled with aesthetic beauty and romance presents a world that is equal parts fantasy and reality. On view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 534 West 26th Street, through October 11.
George Boorujy’s (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay) striking large-scale paintings of North American animals with humanistic characteristics inspire viewers to consider their ecological standing in environments like New York City. In “Taxonomy,” Boorujy’s preliminary clay models and eleven-foot-long hyperrealistic drawings of a ram, blue jay and black doe beg for eye contact and remind us of our own primal identities. On view at Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, 64th and Fifth Avenue, through November 13.
Image: Gary Panter, Ultima Lucha, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 35.5 x 21.5 inches.