This spring three exhibitions by SVA alumni explore relationships with consumerism, nature and color.
Natan Dvir’s (MFA 2010 Photography, Video and Related Media) self-titled exhibition features photographs that contrast the fantasy world portrayed in billboard advertisements with the lives of everyday New Yorkers. Against the grand size of fashion ads, pedestrians appear miniature and often oblivious to the towering image above. On view at Anastasia Photo, 166 Orchard Street, through April 30.
Joseph Grazi (BFA 2006 Animation) presents “God Complex,” an exhibition of mixed media works that explore man’s dominance over nature. Pairing butterflies and zebras and taxidermized bats with haunting images of human skulls, Grazi dissects the human desire to tame nature and mismanage its resources. On view at Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 W 28th Street, through May 2.
Louise Sloane‘s (BFA 1974 Fine Arts) exhibition of recent paintings offers an exploration in color, texture and geometric form. Each work is characterized by four quadrants, which frame a central square. Color choices, tonalities and quadrant lineup vary. Sloane’s goal is to “create objects with presence: Paintings that can be seen at their basic physical appearance and appreciated at face value.” On view at Andre Zarre Gallery, 529 West 20th, through May 9.
Image: Photo by Natan Dvir.