Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity press

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinty is in the MoMA store,  on the MoMA site and will be available in bookstores September 26 and at each venue for the traveling exhibition "Yayoi Kusama: infinty Mirrors." The Museum of Modern Art, and David Zwirner Gallery have promoted the book on their social media. We have also been receiving nice write-ups in:

artnet news

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The blog Dezeen

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The Japanese and New York blog: Spoon & Tamago

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Sitka Arts and Science Festival

I recently taught a workshop and gave a talk in Sitka, Alaska as part of the Sitka Arts and Science Festival. Sitka is a beautiful coastal community situated in southeast Alaska. The setting is stunning, facing out on the North Pacific and surrounded by mountains and glaciers and sitting on the base of the Tongass National Forest. It is also a place steeped in history, the native Tlingit people have inhabited Sitka for 10,000 years and Sitka was once a Russian stronghold as well.

Totem park

Totem park

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The Sitka Arts and Science Festival brings together the disciplines of Art and Science in two separate week long programs, with each workshop running for five days. The workshop I conducted was Collage as a Medium, Design Tool and A Way of Life and I had an enthusiastic group of students from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience that were a joy to work with. The group formed a close bond during our days working together and each participant had their own unique approach and way of thinking.

Our main project was to create a poster for the festival that would feature a specific aspect of Science, Art or the location of Sitka that was of interest to the student. We went out together as a group to explore Sitka National Historic Park and its collection of totem poles and the harbor. Everyone took photos for reference, made sketches or collected objects to be used for their posters.

Classroom view

Classroom view

Work in progress

Work in progress

There was an exhibition of all the workshops on the final night. A few of our pieces.

There was an exhibition of all the workshops on the final night. A few of our pieces.

Our class: Hannah Brinkmann, me, Nora Skeele, Marcus Gruber, Mona Ring, Lila Frankenstein, Lori Beraha, missing Carolyn Annerud

Our class: Hannah Brinkmann, me, Nora Skeele, Marcus Gruber, Mona Ring, Lila Frankenstein, Lori Beraha, missing Carolyn Annerud

The workshop classes were held in the mornings and our afternoons were spent on a whale-watching excursion, hikes in the rain forest, exploring the historic totem park and the village of Sitka. The Arts and Science Festival overlaps with the Sitka Jazz Workshop and the High School intensives in Musical Theater and Dance. All of the programs take place on the Sheldon Jackson National Historic Landmark campus, making it a constant beehive of activity.

I can see Russia from my window. No visit to Sitka is complete without a drink at the Pioneer Bar, ring the bell and buy everyone a round. With fellow instructor, photographer Clark James Mishler.

I had the honor of meeting fellow instructor, Audrey Armstrong, born in the village of Galena, Alaska, Audrey teaches the traditional Alaskan art form of fish skin sewing.

I had the honor of meeting fellow instructor, Audrey Armstrong, born in the village of Galena, Alaska, Audrey teaches the traditional Alaskan art form of fish skin sewing.

Some press from the event: the tote bag for the festival and an article from the local paper.

Some press from the event: the tote bag for the festival and an article from the local paper.

It was a wonderful week of exploring and making new friends. This was my first trip to Alaska and I look forward to returning.

Children's book with MoMA

I am thrilled to share the cover for a children's book collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art.

Yayoi Kusama:From Here to Infinity. The book is written by Sarah Suzuki, a curator at MoMA and it tells the story of the legendary artist, Yayoi Kusama. It will be available in two months and I look forward to sharing more.

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American Illustration 36

It's always an honor to be selected for the American Illustration book. Many thanks to the jury of Deanna Donegan, Art Director, The New Yorker;  Kayla E., Editor-in-Chief and Designer, Nat. Brut;  Nathan Huang, Art Director, The New York Times;  Francesco Izzo, Graphic Designer, Associate Art Director, Nautilus;  Jaya Miceli, Art Director and Graphic Designer, Simon and Schuster / Scribner;  Matt Vee, Designer,  Penguin / Viking;  Jing Wei, illustrator and Illustration Director, Etsy, and Mark Heflin!

 

When You Listen to Music, You Are Never Alone for Nautilus

When You Listen to Music, You Are Never Alone for Nautilus

The Fragile Generation for New Jersey Monthly.

The Fragile Generation for New Jersey Monthly.

Chief Investment Officer

Cover and interior spread of CIO Industry Innovation Awards for CIO Magazine. Art was also used for event at New York Public Library.

Transparency Series talk + Workshop at the Brown Institute for Media innovation

I taught an intensive one-day workshop on illustration for the students of The Brown Institute for Media Innovation and Columbia Journalism School. The course had 25 attendees and focused on how words and images work together to tell stories. The evening before the workshop,  I led a conversation between Andrew Horton, Creative Director Director of the Village Voice, Alissa Levin, founder and Principal of Point Five Design and Victor Juhasz, Illustrator. Information on the Transparency Series can be seen here. An article about the event here.

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

Workshop

Workshop

Society of Illustrators 59th Annual Exhibition

I am thrilled and honored to have five images accepted into the Society of Illustrators 59th Annual exhibitions taking place in early 2017. Big thanks to the juries and the society. I will be sharing more images at the time of the openings.

The Baffler

Womb Up, America. We need to put feminine curves back into the body politic. It's so flat without them. for The Baffler