From March 3-April 16, six of my NYC public transit sketches are on display in Canada, on digital billboards in the Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary transit systems, as part of “Drawing the Line: Artists Drawing in Transit.”
I am one of 13 sketchers (and 6 New Yorkers!) in the exhibition, and I am in very good company. Let’s hope we can inspire more people to sketch in the cities where the show is!
Me sketching in Canarie, by Dave Mandl.
East Brooklyn, After Snow, Before More Snow
A few weeks back, Dave Mandl invited me to accompany him on a jaunt out to Eastern Brooklyn, to see what we could find. Dave found a bunch of great photographs, and I found these two sketches:
“In the same time it takes an average Instagram user to choose between the Mayfair and Lo-Fi filters, Brooklyn artist Jason Das can sketch a portrait.”
— From a very nice profile of me in DNAinfo.
Visitations: “Theotokia” and “The War Reporter” at Roulette
After I sketched Christopher Dylan Herbert’s “Winterize”, he kindly invited me to a performance of Visitations, a set of two one-act operas by Jonathan Berger, which featured Chris’s group New York Polyphony. It was held at Roulette, as part of the Prototype festival.
It really enjoyed it! I think I’d go to a lot more operas if they were all as compact and engaging as these were. (Probably a lot of them are and I just need to try harder.)
In the sketches below, you’ll see soprano Mellissa Hughes, the four male singers of New York Polyphony, and about half of the onstage orchestra. (Most of the other half was made up of the JACK quartet, who I sketched elsewhere recently.) The visible instrumentalists are: Doug Balliett (bass), Tara O’Connor (flute), Pascal Archer (clarinet), Christopher Rountree (conductor/music director), and David Cossin (percussion).
And the words are all from Dan O’Brien’s libretto.
Here’s a flyer I made to help save my neighborhood Community Garden, Roger That Garden Project.