California College of the Arts (CCA) held its Black is the New Black alumni fashion show gala at the school’s San Francisco campus. Designer Stanlee Gatti transformed CCA’s central nave into a contemporary space with a runway and family-style seating for a dinner catered by Taste. Proceeds benefited CCA’s student scholarships.Read the rest
There's a unique program for aspiring musicians called Zoo Labs.
During the program, musicians live in a building in West Oakland, and spend 10 days honing their craft.
The teachers there try to show musicians how to make a living off their art. Soon, the free program might be going global.Read the rest
When I went to Hank Willis Thomas’s studio a few weeks ago, the artist showed me two photographs. The first showed model and actress Rebecca Romijn clad in a cream-colored bikini in the middle of Times Square clutching a glass of milk with a milk mustache on her face in a 1998 Got Milk? ad. The second image was of model Kate Upton 14 years later, on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Swimsuit issue, wearing an ombré bikini.Read the rest
Hank Willis Thomas’s work examines the ways in which advertising has fabricated notions of gender and race, and then convinced us all to buy into them. “I always talk about racism as the most successful advertising campaign of all time,” Thomas says. His work serves as a sort of counter-campaign; one that aims to muddy the myths we’ve been marketed. “I want to complicate the way that I’m seen and the way that I look at other people.”Read the rest
Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 by Laura Braun
Christopher’s background includes a BFA in painting from California College of the Arts and a recent solo exhibition at Little Big Space in Albany, California. Currently based in San Francisco, she describes herself as “an enthusiastic viewer of landscapes who never tires of shifting perspectives.”Read the rest
Posted on Monday, April 27, 2015 by Allison Byers
Artist Heather Johnson biked from New Jersey to Joshua Tree and back.
CCA alumna Heather Johnson’s (MFA 2001) artist residency with BoxoHOUSE, one of the newer residency programs in Joshua Tree, California, provided her with a unique opportunity -- an ambitious motorcycle journey and visual art project called In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful -- which has forever changed her life’s trajectory and art practice.
About the BoxoHOUSE Artist Residency
Johnson began the BoxoHOUSE artist residency, conceived and directed by former Judd Foundation deputy director, Bernard Leibov, in 2012. The residency targets artists who work across diverse media and prioritizes those who are exploring issues of site, community, and the environment.
"Heather’s practice is composed primarily of creating very detailed handmade embroideries that resemble highly defined drawings," explains Leibov on the BoxoHOUSE website. "She layers the embroideries so that the base imagery deals with the experience of the project and the upper layers portray mechanical drawings related to the subject matter.
"In the works inspired by this latest project, the under layer consists of a series of topographical and navigation maps that capture the experience of being on the road with its ups and downs and twists and turns. The upper layer is made up of technical drawings of her motorcycle and of its constituent parts.
"Heather considers the bike to be an extension of herself – they are as one when on the road – and the parts to be like her body parts."
Johnson found the project to be a dream opportunity: “In addition to one month of uninterrupted research and art making, this meant a motorcycle journey across the United States and back -- something I’ve dreamed of since the day I learned to keep a 500 pound hunk of metal upright and moving forward on two wheels.”
Backed by a crowdfunding campaign, Johnson spent April, May, and June of 2013 out on the road and at residency in Joshua Tree, developing In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful.”Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015 by Laura Braun
Sahar Al-Sarheed, a 2010 graduate of the California College of the Arts, had not slept much. Her portfolio on Sunday included t-shirts based on binary codes (she sold out the first day and had to return to Soma’s Tech Shop Saturday night to print more), lovely framed knits, books, body jewelry, earrings and prints.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Laura Braun
The process of demonstrating extraordinary ability "was not particularly hard but very, very annoying," said Wenxin Zhang, a San Francisco–based artist who makes "nonlinear photographic stories." She graduated from California College of the Arts and then got her O visa in 2014. It took two tries. The total bill?Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by Laura Braun
Tenazas attempted to enroll but much to her disdain, was rejected time and again. “They probably thought my work wasn’t too western and not sophisticated enough,” she recalls. She didn’t give up and instead, headed westward and eventually took courses at California College of Arts (CCA) in San Francisco.Read the rest