HRY SPACE Talk: “Form & Story - A Conversation with Parsons BFA Professors" on April 19th, 2019

On April 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm, HRY SPACE in collaboration with SIMPL MAG will be hosting HRY SPACE Talk under the theme:

“Form & Story - A Conversation with Parsons BFA Professors"

The panelists are BFA professors at Parsons School of Design, one of the most prestigious art and design schools in the world and ranks consistently as the top art and design school in the United States.

Food & drinks will be provided at the event reception, the talk starts at 6:30 pm sharp, please be on time or you will be missing out.

HRY SPACE Talk is an integral programming of HRY SPACE, for which we bring industry leading individuals together in a room filled with artworks from a generation of artists that are radically reshaping the contemporary art scene, hearing them share their experiences and ideas on their own works, and how we together move forward to drive positive impact for millennial culture worldwide.

Aya Karpinska


Aya is an interaction designer, artist, and writer who combines design and technology to explore new approaches to reading, writing, and storytelling. Aya’s work has a particular focus on how interface and performance may enable (or disable) access, communication, and participation. In 14 years of work in the user experience industry, she has created marketing and service design projects for brands such as IBM, Samsung, Google, Lego, Sesame Workshop, Martha Stewart, and Nike. Aya is also active in the digital literature community and has exhibited work, performed, and lectured across the United States and internationally. Most recently, she led a video poetry workshop at Animator, an international animated film festival now in its tenth year. She created one of the first literary iPhone apps, Shadows Never Sleep. Aya holds Master’s degrees in Interactive Telecommunications (New York University) and Literary Arts (Brown University). She received her black belt in aikido studying under Imaizumi Shizuo Sensei.

David Mann


David Mann makes abstract paintings, which explore the crossroads between abstraction and connections to cosmology and microbiology. Recently he completed a major commission for the new James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology and Neuroscience Research facility on the campus of the University of Utah. Mann received his MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has been represented by McKenzie Fine Art in New York City where he has had solo exhibitions 2003 – 2013. Prior to showing with McKenzie, Mann exhibited in New York with James Graham & Sons and Ledis Flam Gallery. He has had solo exhibitions at galleries around the country, including Zolla Lieberman, Chicago, Elliot Smith, St. Louis, Nina Freudenheim, Buffalo and The National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. His work is in the collections of The Brooklyn Museum, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Buffalo, NY, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, The Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and the New School University, New York. Mann’s paintings have been in group exhibitions throughout the country, including The Brooklyn Museum, and The American Academy of Arts Letters. He has been the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation Award. Before coming to Parsons Mann taught in the School of Art at Syracuse University. He has been teaching in the Fine Arts Department at Parsons since 1991.

Marc Robinson


Brooklyn-based artist Marc Andre Robinson works in sculpture, drawing, and video that revolve around a psychology of historical, cultural, and familial belonging. Best known for sculptures that engage his long-standing immersion in the history of African American culture. Robinson typically uses direct woodworking techniques to formally and conceptually explore historical themes through a contemporary lens. Specifically, Robinson considers the legacy of oppression of African Americans and its reverberating effects into the present. The works on view spring from a question Robinson explores: What are, and what could be the long term effects of sustained threat and violence upon a group of humans. His work has been presented nationally by the Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of Art and Design New York, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Birmingham Museum of Art, and internationally by Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Turin and the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. His awards include an Art Matters grant to travel to South Africa in 2010 and residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Rocktower in Kingston, Jamaica. Born in Los Angeles, Robinson studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Whitney Independent Study Program. He lives and works in Brooklyn and currently teaches at Parsons School of Design and Columbia University.

Peter Rostovsky


Peter Rostovsky is a Russian-born artist and writer who works in a variety of disciplines that include painting, sculpture, installation, digital art and comics. Known for his paintings that explore the sublime in the everyday, he is equally committed to pursuing conceptual and collaborative work. Rostovsky’s many diverse projects attempt to bridge the gap between painting and conceptual art while remaining attentive to painting’s material and discursive history, and especially to its encounter with new technologies. His work has been shown widely both in the United States and abroad and has been exhibited at such venues as The Walker Art Center, MCA Santa Barbara, PS1/MoMA, Artpace, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, the ICA Philadelphia, the Blanton Museum of Art, S.M.A.K. and a host of private galleries. While he has recently pursued fiction and hybrid image/text forms like comics, his critical writing, under the heteronym David Geers, has been published in October, Fillip, BOMB, The Third Rail Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Unbag and Frieze. Rostovsky currently teaches at NYU, Parsons New School and Lesley Art + Design.

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