Bookshelf News

Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

2012 SECA Art Award: Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, David Wilson
SFMOMA, 2013
Paperback, 40 pages, $9.95

Three of the four winners of the 2012 SECA Art Award are CCA affiliates: Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010) is an alumna, Josh Faught is on the Textiles faculty, and Jonn Herschend is a former faculty member and visiting artist. The award, given every two years by SFMOMA, honors Bay Area artists.

This SECA exhibition catalogue features interviews and texts by the award curators Jenny Gheith and Tanya Zimbardo (MA Curatorial Practice 2005), documentation of the commissions, and illustrations of previous work.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Seven Essential Practices for the Professional Artist
Editions Fri, 2013
Paperback, 72 pages, $7.95

Many talented people give up on a creative career because they were taught the tools and skills of their craft but not how to actually live a fulfilling life as an artist. This book by CCA alumna Michele Théberge (MFA 2004) puts forth habits, practices, and mindsets crucial for artists to create and share their work while maintaining health and a sense of well-being. It contains practical advice about how to develop and sustain a creative practice while dealing with rejection and self-doubt, the importance of crafting a vision for one's work and setting specific goals for it, and cultivating a critical and supportive community.

Living and working in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, the artist and author Michele Théberge floundered her first few years out of art school. Her daily meditation practice taught her how to lead a productive and satisfying life as an artist by creating a solid inner foundation. She is known for the quiet, meditative quality of her drawings, paintings, and installations, which are constructed from delicate materials such as paper, paint, fabric, mylar, foil, and pins. Collected internationally, her work has been exhibited in New York, Osaka, Kyoto, London, Cologne, Chicago, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Miami, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Fujiko Nakaya: Over the Water
The Exploratorium, 2013
Paperback/PDF, 48 pages, $4.95/free

The Exploratorium’s new location on a major civic promenade has inspired Over the Water, an annual program of large-scale temporary artworks for the public space. The inaugural project was a special site-specific installation by the Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya. This accompanying catalogue illuminates the scientific, art historical, and architectural contexts for Nakaya's use of the ephemeral medium of fog in her creation of "soft sculptures."

The lead essay is written by Leigh Markopoulos, chair of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. Curatorial Practice faculty member Marina McDougall commissioned the work and the book, and contributed an essay, and previous Curatorial Practice faculty member Henry Urbach also contributed an essay.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Architecture Xenoculture
eVolo, 2013
Paperback, 300 pages, $24.95

“Xenoculture” is a term coined by the Iranian writer and philosopher Reza Negarestani to describe the need for embracing and exploring the unexpected, the alien. This fifth issue of eVolo, coedited by Benjamin Rice (Architecture and Critical Studies faculty), borrows the idea and explores works by architects and designers who detach from everything that architecture is supposed to be and look like, including preconceived forms and aesthetics, to look into new architectural and design possibilities.

The featured architects and designers include Hernan Diaz Alonso, Servo, Francois Roche, Marc Fornes, Kokkugia, Zaha Hadid, Volkan Alkanoglu, and Rafael Lozano, among others.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design
New Riders, 2013
Paperback, 216 pages, $34.99

This book by Maria Giudice (Design and MBA in Design Strategy faculty) and Christopher Ireland (Design faculty) explores the intersection of creative talent and business expertise, explaining how and why this unlikely coupling produces leaders most capable of solving our increasingly complex business problems.

The two authors have more than 30 years of collective experience as creative business leaders. They conceive of this effort as a playbook designed to unlock creativity in a traditional executive or teach a creative professional how to become an effective business leader. The book lays out—graphically and through example—how DEOs run their companies and why this approach makes sense now.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

4-Headed Woman
Tia Chucha, 2013
Paperback, 80 pages, $14.95

4-Headed Woman by Writing faculty member Opal Palmer Adisa is a journey into and through womanhood, from preadolescence through menopause, and an exploration of women’s relations with one another. The poems employ female domestic imagery to name different types of breads found throughout the world, from coconut to pita. The poems in the second section focus specifically on menses, weaving together biological, folk, and cultural aspects in a humorous tone. The third section, "Graffiti Poem," comprises poems centered around college restrooms, which Adisa sees as a site of communication for students on a wide variety of social-sexual issues.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Scrape the Willow Until It Sings
Heyday, 2013
Paperback, 288 pages, $35

Over the last 50 years of diligent study and experimentation, Julia Parker (CCA Honorary Doctorate 2006) has emerged as one of the preeminent Native American basket makers of California. Distinguished Coast Miwok-Kashaya Pomo elder and longtime resident of Yosemite Valley, Parker is a prolific artist, teacher, and storyteller. Her body of work confirms that Native basketry is a thriving, ever-changing art form and a vital component of contemporary cultural production.

Alongside Parker's sensitively photographed work, the basket maker's words are stitched throughout with essays by the artist and scholar Deborah Valoma, chair of CCA’s Textiles Program. Valoma describes the historical and philosophical implications of basketry from a non-Native perspective. Basing her work on rigorous scholarship and a long-term personal relationship between author and artist, Valoma peels back cultural assumptions about Native American basketry to reveal the relevance of Parker’s embodied philosophies of thinking and making in the twenty-first century.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Smaller Than Life
Concrete Press, 2013
Hardcover, 80 pages, $57.99

Operating in the hybrid zone between sculpture, craft, miniature making, and conceptual art, Visual Studies faculty member Matteo Bittanti creates seven self-portraits that simultaneously appropriate and reconfigure a peculiar medium: die-cast model cars. This limited-edition book features photographs by the artist Colleen Flaherty and a long conversation between Bittanti and the Bay Area artist Juan Carlos Quintana.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Racing Coconuts Boats Around Red Rock
Hairy Fish Press, 2013
Hardcover, 78 pages

Wicky Sticket (Ceramics 1995) is the pen name of the author, illustrator, and publisher of Racing Coconuts Boats Around Red Rock. The author says:

“These events happened while racing my sailboat.
Every character and poem was created in clay.
The sand came from Baker Beach in Sausalito, California.
Buoy X is an actual buoy off San Francisco city front.
Sailor's also race around Red Rock, found in our bay.
The water was carefully tested for color, transparency, opacity, and harmony.
It’s a rhyming fiesta, with exotic foods included.
Along with a racing storyline, intrusions of kitchenware and possible seafood incidents, among many other issues arise.
A bit of a giggle fest can ensue, for the young and elderly alike.

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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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