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Events: Exhibition and Panel.
September 3rd, 2009 by Lex


Alexey’s abstract sequential art from the anthology is featured at the James Gallery (reviewed here). There will also be a panel discussion on September 12 at MoCCA at 4PM. More information below:

Press Release

Silent Pictures, running from September 1 through October 11 in the James Gallery, will focus on aspects of comic book structure and syntax that do not depend on words to advance an image sequence. The exhibition is inspired by artist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Art Spiegelman’s personal collection of wordless comics and graphic novels — mostly black and white rare artist books from the 1930s. The show will feature a selection of these books, as well as more recent “abstract comics,” and a related film program — all of which investigate essential qualities and aesthetics of this hugely popular medium.

The James Gallery is located off the lobby of the Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th & 35th Streets). Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 12–8 pm, and 12–6 pm on Saturdays & Sundays. Admission is free; for more information call 212-817-7138 or visit http://www.gc.cuny.edu/events/art_gallery.htm An opening reception for Silent Pictures will be held on Thursday, September 10, 6-8 pm.

The abstract comics, compiled by art historian and artist Andrei Molotiu for a just released anthology, Abstract Comics (Fantagraphics Books, 2009), call attention to the formal mechanisms that underlie all comics. Where the earlier art collected by Spiegelman retains a narrative, often politically charged thrust, the comics gathered by Molotiu emphasize the dynamic graphics that lead the eye and mind from panel to panel, suggesting that these structural elements are fundamental to the emotional register of the medium.

The exhibition will also feature a specially commissioned wall drawing by Renee French, a hand-drawn animated film by the British artist team Rachel Cattle and Steve Richards, and a new collaborative project for the Graduate Center’s Fifth Avenue lobby display windows by Gail Fitzgerald and Carl Ostendarp.

In addition, Columbia University art historian and film scholar Noam Elcott will curate a related film program titled “Comic-Film-Strip.” To be installed in a small gallery-within-the-gallery, this program will feature mostly wordless, animated historic films, in which the frame-by-frame narrative parallels developments in the wordless comics that also emerged during the first half of the 20th century. “Comic-Film-Strip” will include selections of films by Emile Cohl, Walter Ruttmann, Norman McLaren, and Robert Breer, as well as a very early partially animated film by William Kentridge. Elcott will elaborate on “Comic-Film-Strip” in a public conversation to be held September 25, 6-7:30 pm in the Graduate Center’s Skylight Lounge.

Exhibition at Gallery Bar.
November 11th, 2008 by Lex


If you are in New York city this Friday (11/14), you can catch Alexey Sokolin’s art at Gallery Bar, through an event hosted by Smarter Green Cleaner. Also showcasing his work is Jeffrey Augustine Songco. Details below, click on image for full-size:


Come out for one night to support the start of our new non-profit organization, Smarter Greener Cleaner! As young professionals, our mission is to better the environment by promoting simple solutions in New York City. Please check out our website at www.sgcnyc.org

This major fundraising event will help us build awareness and begin accomplishing our mission.

We will also be featuring artwork from one of our talented founding members, Jeff Songco, along with the accomplished artist Alexey Sokolin.

Doors Open at 8:30 PM
Open Bar is from 9 PM to 10 PM
Cocktail Attire

Come as a pre-game event or stay and party with us at Gallery Bar!

To get on the list and guarantee entry, please RSVP by emailing smartergreenercleaner@gmail.com. A simple email including your name will work! We are capping the list at 150 attendees so be sure to RSVP!

Tickets: $20 for those who RSVP or $25 at the door