Friday, May 25, 2012

Joe Bonham Project in this Sunday's NYT Arts and Leisure Section

(Some of the Joe Bonham Project artists at Walter Reed: Ray Alma, Victor Juhasz, myself, Fred Harper and Jeff Fisher.)
 Since February I have gone on several trips with Victor Juhasz, Mike Fay, Ray Alma and Fred Harper to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. On our last trip Carol Kino, a freelance writer for the New York Times, and Marcus Yam, a 'curious and contemplative' photographer, convened with us there and documented our visit to draw portraits of the returning wounded. (Marcus' multimedia project, The Home Front was recognized by World Press Photo and is incredibly stunning and moving, I highly recommend watching the video).
What a thrill it is to see your art in the New York Times! (The taste all the more sweeter after years of sending promotional cards to the Op-Ed Art Director). I enjoyed what the interviewed service members had to say about the project and the powerful impact of portrait drawing, and their thoughts on the experience of being a soldier.

You can read the full article here, and see it in print on Sunday (or late Saturday if you're a New Yorker).

(Note the tabs for the Society of Illustrators' Facebook page and Rishi Tea...)

 (...and the scary Cindy Sherman/MoMA ad.)

(Photo Credit: Lacy Rhodes)

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