January 20 – February 25, 2006
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011
The diverse group of comic book artists represented will include Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Jaime Hernandez, Gary Panter, Seth, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware. The exhibition will feature preliminary doodles and sketchbooks; finished artwork for major sustained sequences; complete stories; covers; and printed comic books.
Todd Hignite, guest curator for “Speak: Nine Cartoonists” and founding editor of Comic Art magazine, says that the exhibition attempts to illuminate how the art of comics is “deceptively located in interweaving visual and textual fragments” and how this “system of slowly registering emotional meaning is the language’s unique voice.”
“In their balance and collisions of form and content, comic books are mazes, ambiguous labyrinths of slowly accreting meaning, oddly and disjointedly resonating through minor, frequently non-linear bursts and partially remembered, often falsely occluding, past details,” according to Hignite. “The artists in this exhibition represent the ultimate realization of comics’ endlessly puzzling nature, the full flowering of its poetic core.”
There will be two events held in conjunction with the exhibition in Room 213, adjacent to the gallery. Pratt Manhattan Gallery’s “In Conversation” series will continue with an informal talk led by the curator from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 with artists Jaime Hernandez and Seth. An illustrated presentation by artist Gary Panter will take place from 2-4 p.m. on February 18.
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