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Recap | New Faculty Intro Night: Vadim Gershman

On Tuesday night, our group was fortunate to see new professor of Graphic Design Vadim Gershman speak about his experiences in the design world and share some of his excellent work. He joins us at Stout after receiving his MFA from MCAD.

Though he started out working at a book design firm, he soon left the job for the freelance world, and installed his own screen printing studio in his apartment.

Professor Gershman rejects working in a singular personal style, instead approaching each project with a unique perspective. If there’s a through line in his work, he says, it’s the idea of conundrums and anxiety, expressed especially in the relationship between the physical and virtual worlds. This focus on the physical vs. virtual is demonstrated in many of his projects, like “Room Therapy,” his work in the publication ‘Glitch,’ and on his ‘Alternative Cloud Research’ online archive. (Be sure to check out these projects and others in his portfolio).

Gershman left us with this advice: when you have too much on your plate, you’re stuck in a creative rut, or your projects are causing you stress, keep pushing through. “If you’re not making work, you’re not going to find away out of your anxiety,” he says. The only way out is through. Rediscovering creative passion in the face of stress and distractions is “a quest, it’s almost spiritual,” and he encourages us to never stop working for it.

It was an especially exciting and inspiring night, and we thank Professor Gershman for his time!

A quick reminder: No meeting next week! The Tuesday after break will be our third and final event in the speakers series. See you then!

Posted November 14th, 2012 by Madeleine Wichert | Uncategorized

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