Or take the bizarre, ironically very alien results from a straight-forward exploration of egg shapes. Called "SEAcraft Eggs," and produced by his students at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, these show what can happen when expected materials are rigorously and systematically swapped out in new and unexpected formal combinations.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 by Allison Byers
Maybe the zombie paintings can also make a sort of meta-statement about art itself. “In grad school at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where I’m based now, my professors and I often debated whether painting could be considered a “zombie” medium," Pfau says, "with some art critics declaring it dead, while others saying that it has been brought back to life.”Read the rest
Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 by Allison Byers
I spent the summer of 2012 interviewing some of the most influential people in sustainable fashion.
At the time, I was co-founder of a fledging apparel startup, learning all I could about eco-fashion and the state of the industry.
Among the interviewees were Sustainable Fashion Writer Kate Fletcher, CEO of SlaveryFootprint.org; Justin Dillon, co-founder of PACT; Jeff Denby, Textile Specialist Stacy Flynn and California College of the Arts Professor Lynda Grose.
Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 by Allison Byers
Enter City of Disappearances slowly; it will take a moment, but your eyes will begin to adjust to the dimness of your new environment and you’ll likely find yourself quizzically wandering toward Martin Boyce’s sculptures. In Our Love Is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea, and the Hours, 2002, branching neons delicately tower over a bench one could not physically sit on, astride a misshapen trashcan through this park-like installation.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 by Rachel Walther
Wenxin Zhang, "Self portrait by the lake," 2012
Wenxin Zhang (MFA 2013) is always redefining her reality. In her writings and photography, she describes her experiences&mdash growing up in China, her current life in San Francisco, and her personal relationships—in a voice that is melancholy and surreal. Images of fall leaves in an industrial landscape are juxtaposed with a young boy’s glassy stare. A description of nocturnal wanderings illuminates the artist’s haunted sense of displacement wherever she goes.
Zhang has exhibited her work throughout the United States. Here she discusses her future projects and reflects on how her time at CCA has shaped her practice.
Since I was little, I was always longing to go to a faraway place—to be a stranger in a foreign country. I was unsatisfied with my hometown of Hefei. It’s a smaller, inland Chinese city. Young souls would leave for a bigger place after high school, and there was nothing new really going on. I felt so trapped by the place.
My father was a journalist for a local radio station. He traveled a lot and often took me with him. In 2004 he gave me a digital camera, and I used it every day. I would take photos and try to interpret my environment, to create a new little world with my camera in order to get away from the mundane. When I was in high school I would take bus trips with my best friend to the boundaries of our hometown—to the suburbs and the countryside. Student bus tickets are very cheap, so we would go the furthest distance we could by bus and take pictures of each other as our own story characters.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
Edition One, 2013
Paperback, 204 pages, $35
Painting/Drawing chair Linda Geary documents the visits she made to 100 Bay Area artists, curators, writers, and gallerists in 2011. A subjective recollection of each meeting is paired with a selection of vibrant colors, chosen by each subject from a stack of 285 color swatches hand painted by Geary. The result is a striking and original book that captures the vibrant spirit of the Bay Area art community. Numerous CCA affiliates were among those who spoke with Geary. Interviewees include Bill Berkson, Apsara DiQuinzio, Nathaniel Dorsky, Chris Duncan, Jens Hoffmann, Andrew Masullo, Lawrence Rinder, Alison Smith, and David Wilson.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Allison Byers
So don't miss this Thursday's "METAMORPHOSIS," when the talented artist/designers from the California College of the Arts transform the Academy (and possibly you) into something unexpected. Explore a multitude of industrial, interaction, illustration, fashion, furniture and graphic designers from CCA as they showcase an amazing, cutting-edge array of work, highlighting new technologies and innovative ideas that explore the concept of metamorphosis.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Chris Bliss
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded CCA a $200,000 grant, one of largest awards made to an art college. The three-year grant will support CCA’s innovative Exploring Science in the Studio project.
CCA’s award is part of the NSF’s TUES (Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program, which seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all undergraduate students.
“A Model to Transform Science Education”
The NSF review panel praised the CCA grant proposal stating, “This project may serve as a model to transform science education at art and design schools so that science is not simply fulfilling a general education requirement, but becomes integrated into the arts and allows art and design students to develop an understanding of their field from a science-based perspective.”Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Clay Walsh
All CafePress purchases benefit the CCA scholarship fund.
Just in time for the holidays, a wide variety of new products featuring new California College of the Arts designs, our motto “Make Art That Matters,” and the CCA logo are now available at CafePress.com.
Available to Purchase
You'll find the following items (and lots more!), all of which can be customized to show off your CCA pride:Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home
St. Martin's Griffin, 2013
Hardcover, 160 pages, $19.99
CCA alumna Susanne LaGasa (Graphic Design 2005) coauthored this user-friendly guidebook that details everything you need to know about hanging, framing, decorating, and displaying art. Think of it as Strunk & White’s Elements of Style for how to put art on your wall.
The book outlines not only technical pitfalls and mishaps—crumbling plaster, ruined antique lath, mismatched art hung too close together, poorly-mounted photographs warping in their frames—but also more essential aesthetic lessons. The skill and consideration with which you decorate your home makes a statement about the world you inhabit. And when it’s done right, it very clearly looks a whole lot better.Read the rest