School of Visual Arts presents the third annual “Digital Short Story: Small Bytes / Big Fiction,” an exhibition of work by MFA Visual Narrative students. Curated by faculty members Jim Rugg and Mark Sable, “Digital Short Story: Small Bytes / Big Fiction” is on view Saturday, May 21, through Saturday, June 11, at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York City.
The exhibition features work from first year MFA Visual Narrative students who are trained intensively in creative writing and visual expression. From animation and interactive apps to comics and picture books, the digital short stories on view and their accompanying physical artwork are the culmination of the students’ work in visualizing narratives that showcase their wide array of talents and distinct authorial voices.
Select projects include Christina Mattison Ebert’s Ruth: Retold, a contemporary version of the Biblical story of Ruth, told from her perspective; Smombie, by Ren Jie, the story of epidemic smartphone addiction and a user’s battle to save his subconscious; and Michelle Nahmad’s Rich Coast, the adventures of a traveling salesman and his assistant through the remote Costa Rican countryside, set in the 1950s.
“The goal of the exhibition is to foster ambitious and exciting new voices in visual storytelling,” the curators say, “and is designed to focus on specific story fundamentals and explorations in character development, setting, plot structure, narrative design and story composition.”
Participating artists include Christina Mattison Ebert, Liz Enright, Mary Georgescu, Cady Juarez, Michelle Nahmad, Jie Ren, Ella Romero and Thomas Slattery.