September 01 – October 16 2010
at The Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street?(between Park and Lexington Avenues)?New York, NY 10065 USA
If you happen to be in New York, hereâ€™s a show worth checking out. It features Sam Weber, who did the first ever Varoom cover, and Yuko Shimizu, who is currently creating what will be a fantastic cover for Varoom 13!
Three illustrators from vastly different backgrounds; Canada, Japan and Israel; meeting at the crossroads of a distinct American esthetic to examine their new found artistic voices through personal mythologies, broken narratives and remixed identities. An open window into the visual melting pot of contemporary image making. ??
Weber’s monumental and moody figures draw on the western idea of the portrait, re-imagined for the modern age, where anxiety and wonder mix into a seamless dramatic whole imbued with a sense of unsolved mystery. ??
Shimizu’s playful imagery ties the surface of Japanese wood cut prints with contemporary issues, creating sophisticated and symbolic psychological scenes of internal worlds, broken by geometric contraption that seem to pull away and reconnect the disparate elements. ??
Hanuka’s visuals were developed as research for an upcoming graphic novel titled The Divine to be published by First Second. The images explore ideas of eternal childhood, drawing from sources like 8bit video games, Rambo and hard news.