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STUDENT SHOWCASE: Parsons Illustration and Sonic Youth CD Art Show at ADC
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The work of Parsons The New School for Design senior thesis illustration students is on display at the Art Directors Club in New York, through May 19. We feature here two paintings by Sasha Panyuta, part of a series that "depicts a medley of negative personal feelings that people experience in response to sex and sexuality — which are often brought on by the way today's society, particularly in the U.S., treats this subject," explains the artist. "Sex often seems to be such an ordinary thing, presented as 'no big deal' in pop culture, that it often leads to conscious or subconscious insecurities. The more sexual freedom we acquire, the more unrealized issues we seem to face. My idea is not a critique of today's society but more an observation of what modern attitudes toward sex and sexuality can lead to." Also exhibited at the ADC show is a senior illustration assignment to create cover art for a theoretical Best of Sonic Youth CD — a project initiated by senior illustration faculty member Frank Olinsky, who has a professional relationship with the band, according to Parsons; hence Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Kim Gordon and Steve Shelley were on hand to review the art and vote on their favorites. Seen here is the work of Christophe Lopez-Huici (First Place, #3 in the PDF), Alberto Barreto (Second Place, #4) and Eun Hye Min (Third Place, #5). See www2.parsons.edu/illustration for more.