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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime
Steidl, 2013
Hardcover, 240 pages, $85

Black Maps, designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish, is the first in-depth survey of the major aerial projects by alumnus David Maisel (MFA 2006), whose images of radically altered terrain have transformed the practice of contemporary landscape photography. In more than 100 photos that span Maisel's career, Black Maps presents a hallucinatory worldview encompassing both stark documentary and tragic metaphor, and exploring the relationship between nature and humanity today.

Maisel's images of environmentally impacted sites consider the aesthetics of open-pit mines, clear-cut forests, rampant urbanization and sprawl, and zones of water reclamation. These surreal and disquieting photos take us towards the margins of the unknown and as the Los Angeles Times has stated, "argue for an expanded definition of beauty, one that bypasses glamour to encompass the damaged, the transmuted, the decomposed.”

See more of the design at Aufuldish’s website.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Didn't We Have Fun!
Crickhollow Books, 2012
Hardcover, 48 pages, $19.95

This children’s picture book is a collaboration between the Oakland-based artist Hilda Robinson and CCA alumnus Jeff Kunkel (Painting/Drawing). Kunkel wrote the text based on interviews with Robinson, whose colorful paintings celebrate African American playground games and recreation, family, church, and school life, drawn from her memories of growing up in an urban neighborhood in the days before television.

Kunkel is United Methodist minister and the author of a number of books for adults and young readers. This is his ninth book. He lives in Oakland.

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

This year, the San Francisco metal arts and jewelry gallery Velvet da Vinci celebrates its 23rd anniversary. Its cofounders, CCA alumnus Mike Holmes (Jewelry / Metal Arts 1984) and his business partner Elizabeth Shypertt, originally met in 1984 in a studio class at the de Young Museum. Both had had some success selling their jewelry work independently, and it seemed like a natural idea to start a gallery to capitalize on that momentum.

"We found this wonderful little storefront in Hayes Valley," Holmes remembers. "The smallest one on the sunny side of Hayes Street!" It was a fortuitous moment: just after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake had damaged the Central Freeway there, but before the freeway had actually been torn down and rents started to rise.

(The name "Velvet da Vinci," in case you are wondering, was inspired by an old Perry Mason television episode.)

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Allison Byers

"My Country Has No Name"

The work of 28-year-old Nigerian-born artist Toyin Odutola (MFA 2012) may literally be black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink, but speaking figuratively, her work speaks volumes. Addressing issues of identity, race, and nationhood, her art resonates strongly with her audiences.

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

Uriarte recently graduated from California College of the Arts with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and is pursuing a career in animation at a major studio. He publishes “Terminal Lance” online twice a week and works as a collaborator on another comic strip, “Into the Mangrove.”

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Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

His doors are open nearly each day, except for those days he teaches at the California College of the Arts as a senior adjunct professor in the printmaking department. Some people who come in off the street may buy a print or commission him for a new piece of art.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Twerk
Belladonna, 2013
Paperback, 112 pages, $15

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Writing 2008) has her first book of poetry now available: Twerk (Belladonna Press, 2013), which is already on the bestseller list for March and May with its distributor, Small Press Traffic.

MFA Program in Writing faculty member Gloria Frym calls Belladonna "a prestigious press for women writers."

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Kellie Wolfe (Sculpture 2013): Animatronic Stomach

Recent graduate Kellie Wolfe (Sculpture 2013) describes the project she began working on in Barney Haynes's Interface course as "a steel pedestal that holds an animatronic stomach that moves based on the viewer's interaction with it." The piece measures 48" x 7" x 5" and undulates with the viewer's movements.

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

The cardinal rule of home buying is "location, location, location." But it can also apply to educational institutions.

"Any college or university takes much of its character from its location," says Stephen Beal, president of California College of the Arts. "An increasing part of a student's education isn't just about what's happening in the classroom, but also outside of it."

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Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Marine veteran and California College of the Arts alumni Maximilian Uriarte is a bit of a legend in the Marine Corps community when it comes to telling the untold story of life in the Marines. In 2010 he started a comic strip called Terminal Lance, that candidly and humorously addressed many of the nuances of life as a junior enlisted Marine.

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