For the next two weeks, VCS 4th-year student Olena Shmahalo will have artwork on display in The School of Visual Arts BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department Portfolio Exhibition at Art Director’s Club on 29th Street in Manhnattan.
In addition to the annual exhibition of student portfolio work from SVA’s BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department, the show includes a mock sanctuary inspired by the theme of worship, with pews designed and built by students (including Olena) from Kevin O’Callaghan’s 3D design classes. Olena’s contribution is a pew titled Operating System: Curiosity. It’s a part of a larger project called The Operating System that has also formed the basis for her VCS thesis work, including a piece displayed in the VCS senior thesis show Ground Control, and also her final thesis paper, which she’s working on now. Olena describes Operating System: Curiosity as being “based on the wunderkabinett, the creative workspace, and exploring ideas in modern science, technology, and resulting paradigm shifts.” (To see more of The Operating System and other works by Olena, click on the image above.)
The exhibition at Art Director’s Club also includes another of Olena’s works titled Garden Kimono, which is shown below.
The opening reception for the BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department Portfolio Exhibition is this evening at 6 p.m., and the exhibition will be up through April 8th. The ADC Gallery is located at 106 West 29th Street, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Finally, Olena also has a piece in another exhibition of works by O’Callaghan’s students that’s up at SVA through April 9th. Titled “Chess,” the show features a collection of unconventional chess sets, including a Quantum Landscape set by Olena. The exhibition can be seen at the SVA Gallery on 209 East 23rd Street, and is free and open to the public.