Illustration students went loud, bold and beautiful on the FIT campus today. Students from the senior illustration workshop recreated their classwork in chalk images on the concrete canvas of FIT itself. “The art is beautiful. I am so proud of this extension of the classroom,” says Joanne Arbuckle, Dean of the School of Art and Design, who was out viewing the work.
Carlos Bolanos illustration. Right-Corlette Douglas drawing
A large-toothed bird morphing into a fish shares space with a dreamy-eyed boy beset with beaked creatures of his own.
Left-Grace Batista work. Right-Jenny Kim working
“There is tremendous interest from the public. You can’t get through 7th Avenue. It’s so crowded with people stopping and speaking to the artists,” said Dean Arbuckle.
Brian O’Neill working. Brittany Falussy’s piece on the right
Prof. Dan Shefelman pondered how to amass images and video of the project that began flooding the internet. “The project is blowing up the blogosphere and I have no idea how to aggregate it all,” said Shefelman standing admid photographers and videographers filming student work.
l. to r. – works of Victoria Lane, Lachelle Lewis, James Deangelis ’13 (Illustration Dept grad & creator of original Chalk FIT logo), Hani Shihada, professional chalk artist.
Dispelled were notions that illustration belongs only in comic books and books for children.
Hannah Chusid and her creation
Hannah Chusid adds extra sizzle to her creation.
Photos by: Randi Butler
There are two garish babes bursting with vanity and a gloating cross-legged, primed prima dona. There are the furious fat spider, a he-man who boasts, and a lecherous pair of wide-open mouths sporting minks’ teeth. An ominous, famished figure sits eerily among them while a lazy daydreamer lies pathetic and inert.
Jealousy, vanity, famine, greed and rage are on display in terrifying, cartoonish proportions on the 3rd floor of the Pomerantz center. These creatures originated in Professor Dan Shefelman’s contemporary media class.
A group of very self-absorbed, miserable louts share space together.
Pandora’s original box came with a heavy lock. These evils are contained in a plexiglass covered display case.
The dysfunctional contents of Pandora’s Box.
photos: Dan Shefelman