The 2016 spring exhibition season in New York is off to a hot start with shows by two SVA faculty members and an alumnus that explore everything from the diversity of America to geometric abstraction and the fine line between love and hate.
BFA Design faculty member Paula Scher’s latest exhibition “U.S.A.” features large-scale cartographic paintings focused on the diversity of the United States. Different sets of data—from population demographics and transportation flows, to geography and climate—are employed to make connections and establish patterns, and also serve to demonstrate Scher’s fascination with hierarchies of information. On view at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, 505 West 24th Street, through March 26.
MFA Fine Arts faculty member David Row’s retrospective exhibition draws from over four decades of his work and traces his longtime exploration of curvilinear and geometric abstraction. Exhibited together for the first time, Row’s paintings are united by their architectural precision and illusive internal structures. On view at Loretta Howard Gallery, 525-531 West 26th Street, 4th floor, through April 2.
Patrick Shoemaker’s (MFA 2013 Fine Arts) new exhibition of paintings “Fire on Fire” examines the similarity and polarity between love and hate, as well as the ambiguity of human nature. The intentions of the figures in Shoemaker’s paintings are unclear—outstretched hands and claws interlock in a hug or possibly a violent grasp. On view at Anna Zorina Gallery, 533 West 23rd Street, through April 2.