Exhibition by Stefan Sagmeister: “Now is Better”
August 31 - October, 2015 // Trisolini Gallery
“Now is Better” will showcase a corporate self-promo video on a loop that received the 2013 New York Festival International Advertising Award and 2013 Award by the Global Association for Creative Advertising & Design.
Stefan Sagmeister, born in Austria in 1962, is a New York-based graphic designer and lettering artist. He is a co-founder of a design firm Sagmeister & Walsh that creates identities, commercials, websites, apps, films, books and projects. Sagmeister has spent many years designing for the music industry and received Several Grammy Awards for his designs. He worked for the Rolling Stones, The Talking Heads, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny. Some of his clients have been AIGA Detroit, Anni Kuan Design, Capitol Records, Copy Magazine, and the Guggenheim Museum. Exhibitions on Sagmeister's work have been mounted in New York, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Paris, Lausanne, Zurich, Vienna, Prague, Cologne & Berlin. Sagmeister delivered several TED talks, such as The power of time off (2009), Designing with slogans (2008), Happiness by design (2007). Sagmeister achieved notoriety in the 1990s as the graphic design provocateur for his unorthodox, provocative designs that tweak the status quo and question the designer’s role. http://www.sagmeisterwalsh.com
The pace and unpredictability of the phenomena we've been referring to as "climate change" makes that phrase seem almost euphemistic; recognizing that we are in an age of climate chaos calls us to a heightened sense of urgency and opens new areas for creative engagement. This presentation explores art that encourages us to "take the climate personally," using many affective registers--beyond guilt, shame, fear, and anger--to realign our values, thoughts, and feelings with more realistic and resilient attitudes to the strange new world ahead.
Una Chaudhuri is Collegiate Professor and Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies at New York University. Her publications include No Man’s Stage: A Semiotic Study of Jean Genet’s Drama, Staging Place: The Geography of Modern Drama,Rachel’s Brain and Other Storms: The Performance Scripts of Rachel Rosenthal, and Land/Scape/Theater (co-edited Elinor Fuchs). Chaudhuri is a pioneer in the field of “eco-theatre”— plays and performances that engage with the subjects of ecology and environment—and helped to launch that field when she guest-edited a special issue of Yale’s Theater journal in 1994. Her introduction to that issue, entitled “’There must be a lot of fish in that lake’ Theorizing a Theatre Ecology,” is widely credited as a seminal contribution to the field. Chaudhuri was also among the first scholars of drama and theatre to engage with another rapidly expanding new inter-disciplinary field, Animal Studies, and guested edited a special issue of TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, on “Animals and Performance.” In 2014, she published books in both these fields: an Animal Studies book entitled Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (co-edited with Holly Hughes) and an ecocriticism book entitled The Ecocide Project: Research Theatre and Climate Change (co-authored with Shonni Enelow). Professor Chaudhuri also collaborates on creative projects, including the multi-platform intervention entitled Dear Climate, which has been presented in New York, Santa Barbara, Troy, Dublin, Abu Dhabi, and the Netherlands.