NYC Exhibitions: John Parks, Josh Kline and Michael Halsband

March 24, 2015

Three exhibitions by two SVA faculty members and an alumnus portray people, places and politics in a whole new light.

BFA Illustration and BFA Design faculty member John Parks presents “In New York,” an exhibition of new paintings which focus on NYC. Although Parks has lived in and around New York since 1976, his work has generally captured the people and locales of his homeland in England. Parks’ paintings are known for their energy, wit and tender poignancy. On view at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, 532 West 25th Street, March 27 – April 25.

Parks425MFA Computer Art faculty member Josh Kline presents “Freedom,” an installation which has become one of the more heralded pieces in the “2015 Triennial: Surround Audience,” an annual exhibition devoted to emerging artists. Kline’s pieces include a SWAT team resembling Teletubbies, a cell phone tower disguised as a tree with credit cards for leaves, and a video of a President Obama impersonator reenacting the 2009 Inaugural Address. On view at New Museum, 235 Bowery, through May 24.

Alumnus Michael Halsband (BFA 1980 Photography) presents “Halsband Portraits,” which encompasses three decades of his work. Halsband has photographed a wide array of renowned 20th century artists, writers and musicians including James Brown, Jim Carroll, Johnny Depp, LL Cool J, Iggy Pop and Hunter S. Thompson. His most iconic portrait, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol no. 143, features both artists in boxing gloves. The exhibition will include two pieces never seen before: a photograph from the Warhol-Basquiat series and a film of The Rolling Stones’ performing live during their Tattoo You tour. On view at The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, March 30 – April 25.

Image: John Parks, Madison Green (Shake Shack Line), oil on linen, 30 x 40 inches.

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