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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition
Prestel, 2013
Hardcover, 258 pages, $75

This exhibition catalogue, published by Prestel and the de Young Museum, was designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish. It captures the grand scale and vibrant color of Hockney's work of the 21st century. In the past decade, having returned to England after years on the California coast, Hockney has focused his attention on both landscapes and portraits, all the while maintaining his fascination with digital technology. The resulting work is full of color and light, ranging in dimension from billboard-size to letter-size.

The catalogue features more than 100 full-color works of art from museum collections and Hockney's private studio, including such major new works as The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate Wood, The Bigger Message, and Bigger Yosemite. It also includes multiple-image galleries (spread over gatefolds) of some of his iPad drawings and self-portraits, plus film stills from the artist's "Cubist" movies.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

The overlap of technical and aspirational - science and art - influencing people through environments, this resonated with me as a meaningful lifelong pursuit. I eventually transferred to California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where I launched my career after graduation. As we all know, this work is intense and requires 110% commitment. I am so grateful that I followed my father’s advice and chose something that I am 110% passionate about.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Allison Byers

Uriarte sketching in Gharma, Iraq, in 2009View slideshow 

Maximilian Uriarte (Animation 2013) literally draws from experience to create the virally popular comic strip Terminal Lance. Started in late 2009 and based on Uriarte’s experiences as a Marine in Iraq, Terminal Lance is now published weekly in the Marine Corps Times newspaper and online.

In the Marines for “Art’s Sake”

There are many reasons men and women join the military, but Uriarte’s reasoning at age 19 was quite unique. “As an artist, I felt an intense need to experience the world in order to give a kind of legitimacy to my art. It might sound strange, but ultimately I joined for the sake of my art. I wanted to find the most difficult thing I could imagine.”

Uriarte joined in 2006, with the war in Iraq in full swing. With high scores on his ASVB entrance exam, Uriarte chose to go into the infantry. “My actual MOS ended up being 0351, Infantry Assaultman. I was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines in Hawaii, where I deployed to Iraq twice between 2007 and 2009.”

Art at War

During Uriarte’s second tour, his battalion commander saw his penchant for art and photography and offered him the opportunity to serve as combat artist and photographer. Through this, Uriarte was able to travel all over Iraq, taking photos and sketching the Marines’ daily lives.

“Most of the work I did was official, classified, documentary photojournalism. On a rare occasion, I would embed with a unit and effectively be allowed to capture anything I wanted, photographically or otherwise. This was the most fun, as I was given artistic freedom to sketch and take pictures of basically anything.

Part of my billet was also photographing for use our battalion “Cruise Book” (a yearbook for the deployment), which I designed cover to cover.

“This would ultimately prove to be an important step in my career, as it not only gave me experience I could draw from, but also laid the groundwork for Terminal Lance.”

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Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Next week, the highly talented people from the California College of the Arts present NightLife at the Academy of Sciences dedicated to the convergence of science and art.

Delve into over a dozen industrial, interaction, illustration, fashion, furniture and graphic designers from CCA as they showcase a transformative portfolio of work that highlights new technologies and innovative ideas that explore the concept of metamorphosis.

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Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Currently on view at The CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco is the group exhibition “City of Disappearances“. The exhibition imagines a transposition and exchange of the living-imaginary of London conjured in Sinclair’s book with the fictions and myths of San Francisco. This conceptual and metaphorical exchange will be followed by a real one as the exhibition travels to London in 2014, where it will be renamed “Infinite City” after Rebecca Solnit’s almanac of San Francisco.

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Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

George Pfau is an artist intrigued by zombies. Since graduating with an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2010, Pfau has dedicated a large chunk of his professional life to the study of the undead. He's given numerous lectures on the subject across the country, and, as Boing Boing reports, most recently created Zombiescapes, a series of oil paintings that captures famous scenes from a number of classic horror movies and TV shows.

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Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Jim Norrena

What do filmmaking luminaries Gus Van Sant, John Waters, Barbara Hammer, and Werner Herzog all have in common?

Sure, each has an extensive career and has been honored with any number of prestigious industry accolades (think Oscars, Emmys, Teddys, Golden Globes, Sundance and Berlin Film Festival audience awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, GLAAD Media Awards, Career Achievement Awards . . . even a Filmmaker on the Edge award!).

But did you know each of these world-renowned filmmakers has paid a visit to California College of the Arts within the past three years? It's true. And what brought them to the college? Each was invited by the Film Program to teach a master class.

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Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

CCA has launched a new MFA in Film program co-chaired by Rob Epstein and Brook Hinton.

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The filmmaking landscape today is undergoing constant changes in its modes of production, distribution, and exhibition, and these changes offer an amazing opportunity for creative and agile filmmakers to discover powerful new modes of cinematic expression and supportive infrastructures.

Here we ask Epstein 10 questions about the program and his career:

With HOWL (2010) and Lovelace (2013), you’ve gone from being strictly a documentary filmmaker to also being a feature filmmaker. What is it like to make that transition?

It’s exciting, and something we at Telling Pictures have always wanted to do. It’s possible to get to another kind of truth about the world and the human condition when you’re not tied to representing actual reality. HOWL and Lovelace do talk about historical people and events, though, so the projects still involve “looking back.” They’re just told in the present tense.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Chris Bliss

untitled #32 (from "The Linens"), 2013

George Lawson Gallery in San Francisco presents colored linens featuring recent work by CCA President Stephen Beal November 16–December 21.

An opening reception is planned for November 16 from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

It's difficult to judge a visiting lecturer's enjoyability potential because they are an unknown quantity, which will NOT be the issue next Monday night, November 4th, as some of the most compelling professors teaching here at CCA will come together to present the graduate architecture offerings of the MArch (Masters of Architecture, 2 & 3 year) and MAAD (Masters of Advanced Architectural Design, 1 year, three concentrations) programs.

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