Flash Rosenberg is a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts and “Attention Span for Hire” who draws, photographs, writes and performs.
As artist in residence for LIVE from the New York Public Library she live-drew literary discussions in real time to create animated “Conversation Portraits.” She translates complex concepts into instant drawings for major clients, such as Visa, Gatorade, the nation of Mexico, Verizon, the Ford Foundation and the UN — and has created feisty animations for PNC Bank, Advanced Solutions International, CNBC, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Amazon Publishing…and more. Her “FlashThink” cartoons were a weekly feature on Archetypes.com. Her animations were featured on Broadway for The Rascals’ “Once Upon a Dream.” She is a Mainstage storyteller for The Moth, a performer in “Monologues and Madness,” a member of the poetry collective “brevitas,” and was the official DoodleClown for the New York Clown Theater Festival. She teaches Live-Drawing at The Art Students League and is the host of “Flash Perception Lab.” Flash Rosenberg Studio is a full service photography, motion picture, merriment and mischief factory based in New York City. She lives with three turtles and infinite questions.
Visiting Artist Flash Rosenberg talks about her career as an” Attention Span for Hire” in this short clip edited from an interview, before her 90-minute public presentation about how live-drawing can accelerate interpretation and understanding of complex ideas.
Flash Perception Lab: Live-Drawing
City Arts: Flash Rosenberg by Elena Oumano , March 6, 2012
My work as a cartoonist, photographer, writer and performer is synthesized into one unified splurge for the Conversation Portraits I create for the New York Public Library. Obviously, these animations involve drawing. While requiring skill and photographic apparatus to capture the drawing, I want to put the “ing” back in drawing. The action of the pen making an idea visible is more exciting to me than the final illustration. I videotape my live drawings using a device called a document camera. This gizmo lets me be in charge of zooming in and out, so you get to see the drawing with me. This helps the work feel intimate, like you are sharing the discussion from inside my head. More…