What’s In Store: Stories About Dick & Jane, Bike People and Storytelling

March 28, 2011
  • In and Out with Dick and Jane: A Loving Parody (Abrams Image, 2011) by Ross MacDonald and James Victore: For this short book of social satire, BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department faculty member James Victore teams up with illustrator Ross MacDonald to put the old-school children’s primer characters Dick and Jane through the paces of the contemporary world. Behind the squeaky-clean images and peachy-keene text lie sex, violence, gluttony, drug use and other sins. Definitely not for kids.
  • Bello Bike People by Gina Bello: Combining a love of collage with a passion for cycling, alumnus Gina Bello (BFA 1985 Graphic Design) has created the Bike People series, which transforms recognizable cycling iconography into a quartet of unusual figurative images. Each of her Bike People collages is available as canvas or paper prints, T-shirts and coasters; more information is available at bellobikepeople.com.
  • The Narrative (R)evolution: A Re-Writing of Ideas in the Interplay of Language, Art and Cyberspace (VDM Verlag, 2010) by Kara Rooney: The debut book by Art History Department faculty member and MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department alumnus looks at the fundamental human inclination to tell stories across aural, visual and electronic media. Rooney’s examination of storytelling reaches back to the earliest moments in history and moves through to the current era’s digital-narrative landscape.
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