Cheryl Gross

Berlin Sketchbook, 2010
Digital Book, DVD formatted with menu, shown: screen shots of some of the pages, Limited Edition of 100. $50

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Much like any diary The Berlin Sketchbook is a pictorial/narrative of my travels to Berlin in the summer of 2010. What is unique about the work is the fact that the photos and video were created using an IPhone as well as combining found items, along with my drawing observations, in a traditional sketchbook. With the assistance of technology, I have placed the artwork and videos into Adobe After Effects allowing the viewer to watch the pages turn, much like a traditional book. The photography fades in and out as a background. A separate column of the photography (parts 1 through 10) can be viewed separately. My intention is to give the viewer a complete experience of my travels to the most graphicized city in the world.

When asked about my work, I always equate it with creating an environment transforming my inner thoughts into reality. Much like an Architect or Urban planner, that reality and humor becomes the foundation of the work.

Beginning with the physical process, I work in layers. I aimed at solving visual and verbal complexities such as design and narrative. The result: mini documentaries that are based on the absurdities of life.


Born and raised in Brooklyn, Cheryl Gross started her career as an illustrator and painter. Her art has graced the walls of galleries and museums throughout the world, including Laforet Harajuku Museum, Japan, The Brooklyn Museum, and The Museum of the City of New York, to name just few. Her Brooklyn roots have indeed added a particular “edge” to
her work, thus making the transition from wall to book art a natural endeavor.

Cheryl is an Adjunct Professor in the Communications Design Department at Pratt Institute, where she teaches illustration and motion graphics. In addition to Pratt, Cheryl is a visiting instructor at Bloomfield College in New Jersey.

With the on slot of technology Cheryl has developed a series of autobiographical motion graphics or animations based on humorous conversations. Some of her works include titles such as, Tales from the Toilet, Urban Myths, and the ever-popular Ethnic Cleansing, (a comical view on stereotyping.)

Cheryl’s recent collaboration(s) with poet Nicelle Davis has earned her a vast presence with on-line and print publications. She is currently working on a major book project titled: The Z Factor.

Cheryl Gross Website