The Gallery: SVA Grad Student Show

The Gallery: SVA Grad Student Show

Maxwell Ryan
Dec 21, 2005

Last Friday, I took a stroll through the School for the Visual Arts Winter Open Studios, visiting graduate student studios on two floors. Here are a few highlights:

Steven Bindernagel

I have a thing for pods and pod-like patterns, so of course I enjoyed Steven's work. Here is one painting, plus a few marker drawings

Negar Ahkami

Negar's work is bountiful convergence of Persian and American references, from high and low culture, packed into these jewel-like images where the women's bodies are built up to have an almost bas-relief feel to them. A harem, lounging atop a space-invaders kilim…

You really need to see these beauties up close, there is a lot going on…


To see earlier work of Negar's, go to this link.

Sangbin Park

One after the other, a length of wire was connected to many spools of thread and then spun with a hand drill, to create these standing coils. He's made a whole "lawn" of these enchanting little sculptures … plus some luminous threadlike drawings.

Keep an eye out for his work, coming soon to the website (yes, david bowie's art website) Sangbin's work will be under Student Artists.

Peter Gregorio

Contemplation 11, 72in. x 72in., Oil on Canvas, 2005

Walking into Peter's studio was literally like stepping back into another time and place. These are enormous paintings -- a good 2 1/2 feet taller than I am -- and I felt like I was walking into these mystical settings….all of which are inspired by places and architecture in India, where Peter has lived many years, at many times.

To see more of his work, go to his site:

Jill Alexander

Metropolitan Hotel, watercolor

Jill's studio was filled with beautifully executed watercolor paintings of buildings in the day, and at the night… take a look at her work on line to see more at this link.

Casino at Night, watercolor

Ricky Sears

I didn't get to meet this artist, but I liked what was going on in his studio. Here are two snapshots. Lots of buildings, rendered in drawing, collage and painting… often accompanied by mirror images and an interplay of postive/negative spaces.

Hope you enjoyed this work – and will share your comments with these up and coming artists, who are all working their tails off at school. This open studio event at the School of the Visual Arts happens each term -- December… and May. We'll make sure to alert you to the next one. It is a wonderful way to see many kinds of artwork and to meet emerging artists.

- Amy Chase

(not Maxwell)

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