Illustration in the Age of Anxiety looks at how illustration handles times of unease and anxiety in our culture, from the atomic anxiety of the 1950s to today's wars and upheaval. Illustration in the Age of Anxiety will feature three conversations lead by prominent and accomplished writers and illustrators including: "A Light in the Dark" Ruth Marten and Tara McPherson in conversation with Steven Guarnaccia; and an introduction from Nora Krug- New School
Steven Guarnaccia is an illustrator, Art Director for the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, and helped find faculty SVA's MFA Design Program. Member: American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) and Alliance Graphique Internationale. Chaired the Objects of Design jury at the AIGA. Member of illustration juries for American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, and the AIGA. Educated: Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design.
Nora Krug was born in 1977 in Karlsruhe. At age 19 she left the south German vineyards in order to study stage and graphic design at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. After completing her Diplom in illustration and documentary film at the Universität der Künste Berlin, a Fulbright and a DAAD scholarship brought her to New York, where she studied at the School of Visual Arts and earned her MFA in illustration in 2004. Afterwards she worked freelance as an illustrator and animator. Nora’s work has appeared in various publications such as the New York Times, LA Times, Playboy Magazine and Elle Girl as well as on Comedy Central and MTV.
Ruth Marten is best known for her art depicting hair. Her new work has expanded beyond that content to include a host of ideas collected over a long career as an artist and illustrator. Using 18th century engravings, she adds to and embellishes the pre-existing imagery with brush and ink, putting a decidedly different spin on things. Humorous and bizarre, these renewed pictures remake history and kick propriety in the shins.
Tara McPherson is a painter, poster artist and freelance illustrator based out of New York City. Creating art about people and their odd ways, her characters seem to exude an idealized innocence with a glimpse of hard earned wisdom in their eyes. Recalling many issues from childhood and good old life experience, she creates images that are thought provoking and seductive. People and their relationships are a central theme throughout her work.