Street Scenes / Visual Narrative

September 27, 2011 - December 3, 2011
Central Library, Foyer Gallery Cases
Street Scenes by Jonathan Fabricant

Relief prints that capture the time within a



The works I am presenting are relief prints based on my observations and experiences of the Brooklyn street scene. I try to create a uniquely urban picture in which all of the various human and architectural elements gel into a visual poetry of movement and life. I attempt to walk the edge between telling a story and capturing a random moment of Brooklyn street life. It is up to the viewer to decide what is happening, or even if something is happening.

City people inhabit their space in unique and different ways: Many are enclosed in their own bubble and intent on their own agenda; some push outside their bubble and challenge the space of others; some (like me) are secretly watching; some want to be seen; some are selling; some are buying; some are just wandering; some are going home; and some are at home on the street. I try to contrast these diverse urban actors with each other and unify them within their environment, which includes buildings, sidewalks, street signs, automobiles and trees. I see these aspects of the environment as having personalities, attitudes and stories of their own to tell. Sometimes people on the street seem to have a connection or awareness of each other, but mostly they are connected only by the public space they share.

The design elements in my prints–some of which are uniquely influenced by the relief print process–help create both the visual tension and harmonies in my work; these elements include strong directional movement and counter-movement, spatial relationships, light, tonal gradation, graphic shapes, and textures.

The medium of relief printing, with its gritty and blunt visual textures and rhythms, is well suited to the feeling of the city. When this historic printmaking technique–the world's oldest–is used with a contemporary eye, it reflects both the present pulse of life and the history imbedded in the modern urban landscape.

BPL - Exhibition: Street Scenes, Jonathan Fabricant, headshotJonthan Fabricant is currently an adjunct art professor at SUNY Suffolk County Community College and Adelphi University. His work has been featured in faculty group shows at his current schools and a solo show at Figureworks Gallery in Brooklyn. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College.


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BPL - Exhibition: Street Scenes, Old Woman with Cart, 2003, Jonathan Fabricant
Old Woman with Cart, 2003
©Jonathan Fabricant

BPL - Exhibition: Street Scenes, 10th Street Night Scene, Jonathan Fabricant
10th Street Night Scene
©Jonathan Fabricant

BPL - Exhibition: Street Scenes, Woman with Cup, Jonathan Fabricant
Woman With Cup
©Jonathan Fabricant

Visual Narrative by Paul Hoppe

Drawings, books and printed objects

The work in this exhibition includes sketches, original art and finished books that all have a narrative theme in common. The content ranges from editorial assignments and children's stories for publishers to zany salutes to favorite childhood comic books and other personal work. Also on display are published children's books and handmade, self-published pamphlets that represent the form my work takes after the drawing is done. The show is rounded off by original drawings, studies and framed prints that show my process from beginning to end.

All these projects are connected not only because they are narrative in content and graphic in form, but also because they are all a part of me and my everyday work as an artist. I like to tell stories with my images, whether they are in the form of comics, children's books, newspapers or handmade zines.

The influences for my work are very widespread, as I've studied and worked in multiple fields of the visual arts, including graphic design, fine arts, illustration and animation. Other artistic areas–such as music, TV and cinema, architecture, and modern art–have also had an impact on my work. However, comics were my first love in the arts and continue to influence and inspire me probably the most.

The energy of daily life in New York City has also been truly inspiring and energizing–I am fascinated with its mixing and contrast of different ways of life, culture and artistic expression.


Paul Hoppe is a freelance illustrator who has created many books, the most recent of which are The Woods, Can I See Your I.D.? and Hat. His work has also been in such publications as American Illustration, Print and Communication Arts, and it has been exhibited in New York at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Visual Arts Gallery and AIGA. He is the recipient of the Joseph Morgan Henninger Award (Best of Show) from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, as well as awards from the Society of Illustrators in New York. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in illustration as visual essay from the School of Visual Arts.

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BPL - Exhibition: Visual Narrative, Destinations, 2009, Paul Hoppe
Destinations, 2009
©Paul Hoppe

BPL - Exhibition: Visual Narrative, The Woods by Paul Hoppe
The Woods
©Paul Hoppe

BPL - Exhibition: Visual Narrative, Journey Into Misery by Paul Hoppe
Journey Into Misery
©Paul Hoppe