Kent Gallery to present New Yorker designer Roz Chast


Going out and meeting his fans is not something Roz Chast does often. But every now and then, she said, it’s nice to meet and greet each other, as she will at Carol Corey Fine Arts in Kent this Saturday at 4 p.m.

The famous cartoonist is also presenting a new exhibition of her work at the gallery until September 19.

“Usually I don’t like to leave my house because why ask for trouble? Chast, a resident of Fairfield County, spoke of her appearance in Kent. “But sometimes it’s good to get some fresh air.”

Chast’s whimsical, somewhat surreal, and subtly barbed wire cartoons have delighted readers of many publications, including The New Yorker.

His first New Yorker cartoon, Little Things, was sold to the magazine in April 1978. The cartoon, which Chast described as “peculiar and personal”, shows a small collection of “Little Things”. Sometimes you have to look a little to find Chast’s humor as it often appears in the backs and corners of cartoon frames.

Chast’s New Yorker cartoons started out as small black and white panels, but increasingly she used more colors and her work often spanned a few pages. His first cover for The New Yorker was in 1986, showing a lecturer in a white coat showing off an ice cream family tree.

Carol Corey explained how Chast’s visit came about.

“The forced time at home during the COVID-19 lockdown reignited Roz’s passion for crafts, which she said” gets my hands moving and helps calm my anxiety. ” She has created over 100 pysanky eggs (a Ukrainian waxing and dyeing technique) and a number of textiles (hand-crocheted embroidery and rugs). These designs incorporate Chast’s inimitable imagery – characters familiar to his many fans. We decided to do a conference with the opening of the show to have a special local event for the region.

According to Corey, the exhibit will also include drawings by Chast from the past year, many of which reflect “the eerie and surreal quality of this period, as well as nostalgia for our pre-pandemic lives.”

“I had been working with the Danese / Corey Gallery in New York for several years,” said Chast. “When this gallery closed, Carol asked me to join her list of artists at her gallery in Kent, and I was delighted to accept.”

According to her website, Chast’s work has appeared in numerous magazines over the years, including The Village Voice, National Lampoon, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones, but she is more closely associated with The New Yorker.

Chast attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied painting. After graduating in 1977, she returned to New York City, where she quickly established her career as a designer. In addition to the collections of his work in The New Yorker, Chast has written and illustrated a series of books. Her latest, “Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York” (2017), is a personalized New York travel guide that started as a departure gift to her youngest child, who was moving from the family home to the New York City. Connecticut. . His memoir, “Can’t we talk about something nicer? (2014) won a National Book Critics Circle Award and was shortlisted for a National Book Award.

Often Chast’s subjects deal with domestic and family life.

In a 2006 interview, she said she enjoyed drawing interior scenes the most, often involving lamps and accented wallpaper that serves as the backdrop to her comics. Apparently, her cartoons reflect a “conspiracy of inanimate objects,” a phrase she attributes to her mother.

As for the topic of his discussion at the Kent Gallery, Chast said, “Art, cartoons. Probably not tax law or podiatry, although you never know.

Chast said she had too many favorite cartoonists to name them.

“But my first and greatest cartoon hero was Charles Addams,” she said. “I didn’t think I could make a living as a designer. But I needed to do cartoons and I didn’t know how to do anything else. Disliking to leave home is a problem for many jobs. I don’t know why people like or dislike things.

As for her inspirations for her cartoons and the characters in their frames, Chast said she had “no idea… Probably that weird guy behind her back, giggling and rolling his eyes.”

Regarding her acclaimed books, she said creating them was “difficult, frustrating, but deeply interesting.” As for what she finds most enjoyable about her job, she said, “Maybe that’s what I still like to do. “

And for that, the many Roz Chast fans are grateful.

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