How the Spitting Image Art Book Fair is using print to foster community

On March 22nd and 23rd, the Spitting Image Art Book Fair held its first student exhibition in Wollman Hall. 21 student exhibitors with a variety of unique styles shared their books and printed ephemera, gave away free prints and sold their pieces to visitors.

The Spitting Image Art Book Fair (SIABF) was founded by Camila Pernisco, a third-year Lang student majoring in literary studies, and a committee that includes New School students Gabriella Acquafredda, Manuela Vieira do Amaral, Alyne Padilla-Robles and Ysa Ancheta. The event was presented in collaboration with the Vera List Fellows Library, which sold various books from its collection at the event.

The exhibit featured an Artist Talk hosted by Acquafredda on Friday featuring New School alumni Maya Valencia and Sydney Maggin, co-founders of Phase Zero, a New York-based self-published print publication, and Achilleas Ambatzidis, a co-founder of Chuck Magazine. . The panel discussed their curatorial and publishing processes.

On Saturday, a collage workshop was held with some students quietly concentrating and others laughing as they created.

The crowd was large and diverse, with staff from the New School Archives and Special Collections, students, alumni, and visiting friends. The exhibition space on Friday was buzzing with chatter and tables filled with visitors.

Wollman Hall’s large windows lit up the room, inviting visitors to view the exhibitors’ works, even on a rainy Saturday. Puddles filled the streets outside and a dozen tents piled into a bin at the event’s entrance. Compared to Friday, attendance was down, but attention to the event did not waver, “Today is much quieter than yesterday, and I think it speaks to the triumph of the fair that people weathered the storm,” Acquafredda said.

Ella Boyle, a second year photography student, came to the exhibition to support her friends and community. “I think it’s really good that there’s a place where they can show off what they’re working on, whether it’s a personal project or related to their school work,” Boyle said.

Student work is usually only displayed and discussed during critiques and in-class workshops, with opportunities for outside perspectives occurring less frequently. Some students shared their reluctance to rely on social media to share their artwork, seeing it as yet another intangible experience that could easily be passed over. At the exhibition, however, students were given a space to share their art with each other.

One visitor carried a stack of brochures and flyers from table to table, another snapped photos for inspiration from a brochure, and each artist boasted about their work. “There’s a community that exploded in being able to touch and feel a piece of media, let alone be able to make media,” said Acquafredda, a third-year BAFA student studying literary studies and communication design.

Students had the opportunity to hear from people willing to interact with their work and learn about the craft.

Lulu Bozzino, a fashion professional, exhibited her illustrations over the weekend, “I think when you present in the classroom, you’re presenting to an audience, but it’s not the same as exhibiting for people who choose to come and see your work. exposing. And I think putting yourself in that environment is really important as an artist,” she said.

The event initially received 50 applicants, and according to Pernisco, “When you get that many applications for the first time, that means there’s a need for it.”

The next iteration of Spitting Image is currently in the works.

By admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *