I Live Here
I Live Here, a unique exhibition of large-scale work by five artists known for their illustrations in The New Yorker, opens in the Logan Galleries on the San Francisco campus of the California College of Arts and Crafts. The exhibition, composed of wall-size, site-specific works, reveals a wide array of responses to an assignment given to the artists by co-organizers Owen Phillips, illustration editor at The New Yorker, and Marina McDougall, CCAC curator of art and design. Deceptively simple, this assignment to "depict your hometown" raises fundamental questions about our relationships with our formative environments—issues such as the formulation of identity, the distance between perception and reality and the confluence of our emotional and physical landscapes. From diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds, Laurent Cilluffo, Kim DeMarco, John Ritter, Marina Sagona and Takeshi Tadatsu show interpretations of their respective hometowns of Lille, France; Providence, Rhode Island; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Rome, Italy; and Tokushima, Japan.
Free from the influence of art directors and editors, these artists have the opportunity to work in a way that defies both the size and scope of their typical assignments to illustrate someone else's text and ideas. In the brochure that accompanies this exhibition, Phillips explains, "The size [of the assignment] alone, it was hoped, would inspire the artists and better demonstrate their unique reportorial skills. . . . What they end up reporting is not just the facts. They capture the feelings of being on the streets, the echoes of their pasts."
The artists in I Live Here will work in a variety of media. Cilluffo will work with pen, ink and paint; DeMarco with paper cutouts; Ritter with computer output; Sagona with gouache; and Tadatsu with paint. In addition to The New Yorker, the work of these artists has graced a variety of media including the Call a Date Swatch Watch designed by Sagona for the 1999 spring-summer collection, a 1998 Fortune magazine cover illustrated by Cilluffo and work done by Tadatsu for the Max Fish Cartoonshow from 1996 to 1999.