Three current alumni exhibitions in and around New York City explore everything from language and the human body to objects and technology.
Michael Alan‘s (BFA 2002 Fine Arts) exhibition, “The Rise of the Artistic Tradition,” features drawings the artist describes as “continents of language.” Employing his characteristic style of lines and loops, Alan’s works speak of labor and traditions of the past. Additionally, his shows involve draw-a-thons and living art installations, in which artists, thinkers and creators gather to celebrate “paint, bodies, guts, and pens.” On view at Tanja Grunert, 33 Orchard St, through August 12. (The draw-a-thon will be held Saturday, August 8.)
Anthony Iacono (BFA 2010 Illustration) latest exhibition “Crudités at Sunset” features video and works on paper that explore the body and its relationship to objects. Iacono’s vision, heightened by a high-contrast palette and sharp graphic form, transforms everyday objects, like curtains, fruits, plants and high-heel shoes, into still-life images that embody adolescent curiosity and physical pleasure. On view at PPOW, 535 West 22nd Street, through August 7.
John F. Simon, Jr.‘s (MFA 1989 Computer Art) exhibition “The Ever Present Sun” includes sculptural work inspired by the urban exteriors of Edward Hopper’s paintings as well as a series of dynamic on-screen creations. Simon writes his own software and uses his technological savvy to create visual experiences that are as “personal as a painterly gesture on canvas.” On view at Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, New York, through August 16.