Bookshelf News

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Celluloid Salutations
BlazeVOX, 2014
Paperback, 142 pages, $16

Celluloid Salutations is the second book by alumna Elizabeth Block (MFA Writing 2002, MFA 2003).

Juliana Spahr says: “It’s all here: love, work, child. And the writing. Mainly the writing. It takes over all these other things and yet it is built out of all these things. This is how Elizabeth Block erases Elizabeth Block, as one poem claims. She does this automatically, animalistically, while wailing forward, gracefully and with improvisation.

Bill Berkson says: “Elizabeth Block’s poetry moves through those ‘layers of noise’ we all contend with and goes a long way toward conquering by absorbing them. Page by page, the intervals, apparent blanks and interruptions between word clusters, vibrate tellingly with each tabulation of event, the actuality in and of the words as Block arranges them. Here is urgency and nuance. The matter never gets figured out we want it to we think all day long on. Take time to read this magnetic book.

The cover artwork is by noted CCA alumna Amanda Hughen (Graphic Design 1999).

Block won the Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fiction Fellowship for her first novel, A Gesture Through Time, which was fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts. She was a Poets & Writers grantee for the presentation of new work at the Lab in San Francisco.

Block has won many other awards and residencies, including an award from Poets & Writers and another from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program Tread of Angels Fellowship. Her writing has appeared on stage, in film, in public art, in books, on audio CD and podcasts.

She is also a filmmaker whose film poems have traveled extensively throughout the United States and elsewhere. She has published work in many genres and in many journals, and her work has also appeared on the public radio stations KQED and KSFR. She often collaborates with musicians and visual artists.

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change
Simon & Schuster, 2014
Kindle/hardcover, 272 pages, $12.74/$28

Lisa Solomon (Design MBA faculty) cowrote this book describing how leaders can use design for creative and collaborative problems solving. She and her coauthor, Chris Ertel, draw on decades of experience as innovation strategists, supported by cutting-edge social science research, dozens of real-life examples, and interviews with more than 100 thought leaders, executives, and fellow practitioners. Solomon says, “This book is a strong reflection of the core principles of innovation leadership we're trying to teach the MBA in Design Strategy students.”

The book also includes a “starter kit” full of tools and tips for putting the book’s core principles into practice. It has garnered wide support from recognized thought leaders and a great review in Publishers Weekly. CCA alumnus and Plum Organics founder Neil Grimmer (Sculpture 1995) is one of the highlighted cases in the opening chapter.

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook

Horizontal Book 2013: The Neverwere Exhibits and Other Work
Blurb, 2013
Paperback/hardcover, 70 pages, $30.99/$41.99

This book by alumnus Kip Bryant (MFA 1976) contains various art projects completed in 2013, including Floating Leaf, Moonlight, and The Neverwere Exhibits.

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Concrete Press, 2013
Hardcover, 100 pages, $122.86

CARJACKED is a counter-appropriation of the BMW Art Car initiative, developed within the virtual spaces of the popular Forza Motorsport video game. This limited edition book provides a visual and critical documentation of CARJACKED, a project developed in 2012 by COLL.EO (the artist Colleen Flaherty and Visual Studies faculty member Matteo Bittanti.

The book features contributions and essays from Isabelle Arvers and Jeffrey T. Schnapp and a long conversation between COLL.EO and Carlo Ricafort.

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Studio Visit
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.