new visual artists

2012 New Visual Artist: Drea Zlanabitnig

By Ian Volner “When she started out, she was in awe of everything, completely sweet and lovely and terrific,” says Pentagram’s Paula Scher. “Now she’s still that, but she’s also savvy as all get out.” Scher is talking about Drea Zlanabitnig, a graphic designer who at the ripe old age of 25 has managed...

2012 New Visual Artist: Berton Hasebe

New typefaces emerge every day, but not many of them are notable; few qualify as genuinely innovative. But Alda, Berton Hasebe’s graduation project at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, broke new ground. Rather than treat different weights traditionally by adjusting the thickness of characters relative to their heights, Alda differentiates among its...

2012 New Visual Artist: Erin Schell

By Justin Sullivan By all accounts, Erin Schell was doing well. She had a good job designing book jackets for a large company. But there was one minor issue: “I found working for a corporation and having a comfortable job sort of soul crushing and meaningless,” she says. “But that’s just me.” In 2009, Schell...

Our April Issue—an Introduction and an Apology

PURCHASE COPY|PURCHASE PDF|DOWNLOAD SINGLES The first copies of our April issue just arrived in the office, and it will be on newsstands and in mailboxes soon. The New Visual Artists issue, in which we profile 20 rising talents under 30, is always one we look forward to. And we think we found an exceptional...

2011 NVA Winner: Jessica Labatte

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Photographer From: Salt Lake City, UT Lives in: Chicago, IL Age: 29 Education: MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago For Jessica Labatte, there is nothing better than being ordinary. On an average day, you might see her wandering the streets of Chicago picking up...

2011 NVA Winner: Sean Desmond

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Photographer, Filmmaker From: San Anselmo, CA Lives in: San Francisco, CA Age: 27 Education: BS, Television, Film and New Media, San Diego State University Sean Desmond is not smug when it comes to his art. “We’ve reached a point in media where anyone can be a photographer...

2011 NVA Winner: Ina Jang

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Photographer From: South Korea Lives in: Brooklyn, NY Age: 28 Education: BFA, School of Visual Arts Ina Jang’s photographs are full of possibilities—a simple picture of balloons suggests something more, a polka-dotted floor feels simultaneously endless and constricting. “I make images which are minimal and two-dimensional by...

2011 NVA Winners: Rich Watts and Louise Ma

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Graphic Designers From: Barryville, NY (Watts), Cupertino, CA (Ma) Live in: Brooklyn, NY Age: 24 (Watts), 25 (Ma) Education: Cooper Union School of Art, 08 (Watts), 07 (Ma) “We print, cut, build, fold, draw, and code the things we design.” Such is the straightforward and comprehensive description...

2011 NVA Winner: Jeseok Yi

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Designer From: Seoul, South Korea Lives in: New Haven, Connecticut Age: 28 Education: Currently pursuing an MFA, Yale University BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York Jeseok Yi, a.k.a. Jeski, employs a startling analogy to describe his talent and ultimate purpose. “Using a knife as a metaphor, I’ve...

2011 NVA Winner: Sarmishta Pantham

By the Print staff Title/Type of Work: Graphic Designer, Fashion Designer From: Chennai, India Lives in: Los Angeles, CA Age: 26 Education: BA, Fashion Design, MFA, Graphic Design, Otis College of Art and Design “Half apparel design and half graphic design,” is how Sarmishta Pantham describes her practice. “To be more ‘exact,’” she continues,...