"Storytelling" by Ihrie Means
Exhibition: March 4 – April 18, 2014
Artist Talk: Tues., March 4, 7 p.m.
Reception to follow.
Whittier College is pleased to present the exhibit Storytelling by Ihrie Means.
“This exhibit is arranged to give an unedited, non-glorified look at the process of putting together a graphic novel. By bringing my studio into the gallery space visitors will get the chance to see what goes into the making of two very different genres of graphic narrative. The Saltines Are… Getting By, a completed graphic novel, will be displayed in both its finished form and in its various stages of completion. The Saltines… is a dark, humorous look at the unexplored world of saltine crackers. An Apartment for the Disappearer, a graphic novel in progress, will be shown in its current unfinished state. An Apartment… is an intertwined love story centering around two high school students whose lives converge in adulthood in a seemingly very unpleasant way. Both book projects are constructed out of drawings and paintings pieced together into more complex layouts. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to flip through all the rejected layouts, rejected drawings, completed layouts, revisions and sketches. This is an opportunity to see an artist’s process. Interaction is encouraged and thoughts and suggestions are welcome.”
Means was born in Frederick, MD in 1976. She earned her BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1998 and her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale School of Art in 2003. She also studied fine-furniture making at the Penland School of Art and Craft. Her studio practice includes intaglio printmaking, sculpture, painting, illustration and video work. Her drawings have appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, in Simon and Schuster’s Johnny Appleseed: The Man, The Myth, The American Story and on the covers of Clockroot Book’s trilogy of narrative works by Margarita Karapanou. She has also designed album art for Thrill Jockey Records. Her work has been exhibited at Moravian College, Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery and Capsule Gallery, among others. Means teaches video art at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT and is an adjunct professor of fine arts at Southern Connecticut State College.