"I am for an art... that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum."
Check out the opening reception slideshow from Please Touch, the debut show of the sixteen diverse and talented illustration graduates of 2013 at the Art Institute of Boston.
The focus of the show is to reintroduce illustration to consumers not just as drawings in books and magazines, but as objects to be experienced. In the past fifteen years we have seen a change in illustration that mimics this sentiment. Illustration is leaving the page and enriching our cultural landscape.
View all photos from installation to opening reception here:
We chose to create this shop to share our creations with the viewer and invite them to inspect, enjoy, and take the work home, as opposed to viewing it temporarily from a comfortable distance. Pop-up shops are perfect for limited edition products from niche retailers, such as artists. We also love our work, and want it to live and thrive outside of our view. So please, touch.
The curator would like to thank Susan LeVan and Keith MacLelland for their patience, guidance, and support. Thank you to Andrew Mroczek, Fred Levy, Santiago Hernandez, Joe Schwab, Erich Shafer, and Matthew Cherry for humoring my often odd requests and helping me along the way. Thanks to Cambridge Arts Council, for helping spread our message. And lastly thank you, fellow illustration graduates of AIB, for without you, my college education would have been far less entertaining!