The office of alumni affairs of The School of Visual Arts, my alma mater, lkes to throw these little alumni networking mixers with one featured alumni presenting either their body of work, or a segment of a new project they are working on. This event featured a comedic storyteller and artist Michele Carlo.
Storytelling, when done well is an impressive feat to witness. Here we see a little pre-performance mingling.
Michele was brought up to the "stage" by Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, Carrie E. Lincourt.
She told a few stories (chapters) from memory (wow), from her book FISH OUT OF AGUA: My Life On Neither Side of The (Subway) Tracks. Playing to the audience, she told of her family not understanding why she wanted to go to art school, and then of her first Advertising & Design jobs she got after graduating and was laughably underqualified for.
The bulk of the book is about her life growing up as a little redheaded, freckle-faced Puerto Rican raised in the Italian / Irish neighborhood of the Bronx who grew up as a permanent outsider.
She was born a few decades too early. . .because nowadays this ethnic mix is sexy.
After the performance, I continued to introduce myself to some of my fellow alumni whom I have never met, and some familiar faces. Daniella Shachter, is a high fashion make-up artist. Whenever I get to meet an artist who does something on the opposite end of the art spectrum as myself I find it fascinating. Strange and exciting worlds within worlds I haven't the foggiest idea about, and just by meeting new people who have mastered their field, you get an insight into these artistic professions which although nuanced, sometimes despite appearances, are not so unlike your own.
Longtime friend of my family and amazing painter and sculptor Daniel Rosenbaum, whom I bump into from time to time at galleries around Williamsburg (where he has a studio). I was suprised to see him here, as I didn't even know he went to SVA. It was decades before my time, but wow, totally crazy. The first art lecture I ever gave, I was probably in my third year of college, Daniel was teaching art at the time at the High School of Art & Design and had me come in to lecture to his students about coloring comic books (which is what I was doing at the time), and what it's like to intern for Marvel Comics etc. It was a good introduction to public speaking, that's for sure.
Artist, designer, photographer Marc Giles I seem to only run into at these SVA alumni mixers, but we catch-up like old friends, even though we were a few years apart in school and I never had any classes with him he still feels like an old college buddy.
Talented artist Chris Kalin whom I met at a previous SVA Alumni party and collaborated with on a project for Popular Science magazine, which unfortunatly ended up falling though. He is an amazing retoucher, and much like me was one of the first computer comic book colorists. I was doing Marvel & Acclaim, while he was working on Spawn.
Artist, cartoonist, and blogger Joe Linton is amazing at drawing buildings, rivers, skylines, people, and street scenes in plein air, with ink in a notebook. It's a talent to instantly take 3D things and scrawl them down as they appear, yet in your own style. One I haven't practiced in a long time.
Michele Carlo knows how to strike the cute pose on command.
Michele shows off her autobiography FISH OUT OF AGUA:My Life On Neither Side of The (Subway) Tracks. It's not only insightful, but funny, and inspiring as well.
Great meeting a bunch of new artists, as well as being entertained by Michele's comedic memories of her weird and exciting days starting out as an artist in the big city after graduating from SVA. I'm sure it resonated with pretty much everybody within earshot. Thanks SVA.
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