New Exhibitions by George Boorujy, Viktor Koen, Matthew Pillsbury and Amy Wilson

March 22, 2012

In his second solo exhibition at P.P.O.W., George Boorujy (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay) continues his exploration of the natural world. In “Blood Memory,” his drawings, paintings, and other works on paper shift the focus from the great outdoors to the interaction between man and beast by rendering animals with piercing gazes and confrontational poses in life-like detail. “I want the viewer to relate to these subjects rather than just look at them,” Boorujy explained to Artist Daily in 2011. “There’s something primal and thrilling when you make eye contact with a wild animal…I want to remind people of that.” On view at P.P.O.W., 535 West 22 Street, 3rd Floor, through April 14.

MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department faculty member Viktor Koen’s long-standing interest in typography is on full display in “Metamorphabets,” his most recent solo exhibition. For the last 15 years, Koen has been integrating images, symbols, and concepts into his graphic design work, a natural extension of his work as an illustrator and artist. Drawing on art from his limited-edition portfolio Funnyfarm (the alphabet of mental disorders) (1998) and work from the exhibition of “Warphabet” (2011), “Metamorphabets” continues Koen’s commitment to social criticism through typographic forms. On view at Type Directors Club, 347 West 36th Street, Suite 603, through April 30.

Matthew Pillsbury’s (MFA 2004 Photography, Video and Related Media) photographs often reveal the truth and beauty in everyday life, moments that usually go unnoticed. By using a long shutter speed on his camera—anywhere from 30 seconds to 45 minutes or more—Pillsbury captures sharp images of stationary elements in his photos while representing movement as a blur, smear, or smudge. New York City is the subject of his latest photographic explorations in “City Stages,” an exhibition where iconic scenes like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the trading floor of the Stock Exchange, and Ground Zero are re-imagined using this long-exposure technique. On view at Bonni Benrubi, 41 East 57 Street, 13th Floor, through April 28.

BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department faculty member Amy Wilson is best known for creating small watercolor paintings that feature young girls serving as her avatars, speaking her thoughts for a better world in text bubbles. For her latest exhibition “We Dream of Starfish and Geodesic Domes,” Wilson’s avatars return, this time through an expansion of media including collage, clay, fabric, and flash animations. With Buckminster Fuller, Murray Bookchin, and other scientists and thinkers as an influence, Wilson allows viewers to imagine and create new utopias alongside her. On view at BravinLee Programs, 526 West 26 Street, #211, through March 24.

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