Bookshelf News

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

New Constellations, New Ecologies
ACSA, 2013
$35

This book was coedited by Director of Architecture Ila Berman and Edward Mitchell and designed by Graphic Design faculty member Brett MacFadden of MacFadden & Thorpe. It ocuments the proceedings of the ACSA’s 101st annual meeting, which took place in spring 2013 at CCA (read more here).

Subtitled "New Constellations, New Ecologies," the hope for the conference was "to reset the agenda for architectural education." As a counterpoint to the 100th anniversary meeting hosted by MIT, the first American school of architecture, ACSA 101 took place at CCA, one of the younger architecture schools. The intention of this shift was to "resituate the issues facing architecture within the Bay Area's complex context: a global urban mega-region known for its technological innovation, ecological attitude, and social diversity, with cultural and economic influences coming from its position at the edge of the continent and its strong ties to the Pacific Rim."

Read the rest

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Never Built Los Angeles
Metropolis Books, 2013
Hardcover, 376 pages, $55

Graphic Design faculty member Eric Heiman and his firm Volume Inc. designed this book, which explores the "what if" Los Angeles, investigating the values and untapped potential of a city still in search of itself.

In more than 400 color and black-and-white illustrations, this book shows buildings, master plans, parks, follies, and mass-transit proposals that only ever saw the drawing board -- in total more than 100 visionary works that could have transformed both the physical reality and the collective perception of the metropolis, from Olmsted Brothers and Bartholomew's groundbreaking 1930 Plan for the Los Angeles Region, which would have increased the amount of green space in the notoriously park-poor city fivefold; to John Lautner's Alto Capistrano, a series of spaceship-like apartments hovering above a mixed-use development; to Jean Nouvel's 2008 Green Blade, a condominium tower clad entirely in cascading plants.

Heiman says: "Since all of the projects in the book are unrealized, the imagery is solely drawings, models, and digital renderings. We picked up on the vernacular of architectural plans and blueprints -- the line work, the title blocks, etc. -- for the typographic palette as a way to appropriately frame this visual content. The design also offers two ways to parse the book. The chapters are organized around building typologies. Each individual project, though, is color-coded to reflect its specific Los Angeles neighborhood, with the exact locations indicated on site maps that introduce each section.

Read the rest

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Excerpts from Silver Meadows
Nazraeli Press, 2013
Hardcover, 108 pages, $75

Selected by Time as one of the top photo books of 2013! This is the sixth monograph from Nazraeli Press devoted to the work of CCA alumnus and Photography faculty member Todd Hido, and it is his most ambitious project to date. It is designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish.

Silver Meadows is the name of a street that runs through the neighborhood in Kent, Ohio, where the artist grew up. The setting of Hido's childhood, it also became the creative wellspring for his work. Here, it serves as a point of departure for his reexamination of a Midwestern suburban upbringing: 'a trip through the innocence of childhood and adolescence and into the darker aspects of life beyond.'

This first edition is printed on matte Japanese art paper and features an "installation" of tipped-in images on the case binding.

Read the rest

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.

Read the rest

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Trapline
JackLeg Press, 2013
Paperback, 80 pages, $13

Donna de la Perrière says: of Trapline by Writing faculty member Caroline Goodwin: Nature's flux and torque are embodied in a language that is taut, luscious, and musical.

These are poems of rot and salt, dragonflies and kinked reeds, where the world is always with us -- raw and omnipresent, beautiful and terrible. Here poems navigate physical and metaphysical landscapes, embodying experience and a world both awful and awe-full: 'when the mind / has grown plumes delicate / as tubeworms in the driftwood / in the sponge and scarlet / blood star tough as tongues / as the sea whip clicking.'

Read the rest

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.

Read the rest

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."

Read the rest

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Star 82 Review issue 1
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
Paperback, 44 pages, $9.95

Printmaking faculty member Alisa Golden has started an online and print-on-demand art and literary publication called Star 82 Review. The inaugural issue includes poems by two CCA faculty members, Stephen Ajay and Hugh Behm-Steinberg, as well as pieces from alumni Leonard Crosby (MFA Writing 2012), Lisa Kokin (BFA 1989, MFA 1994), and Rachel Smith (Illustration 2010).

Golden says: "In this issue, memory shimmers and vision lights up. Conflicts arise and are met. Words dance and talk and sing through childhood and beyond. We have objects of wonder that are pivots for the works: ruler, pineapple. baseball, pencil sharpener, knife, scarecrow, wallpaper, half of a twenty dollar bill, and more. The categories included are: flash, postcard lit, art post images, and erasure texts.

Read the rest

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Machinima! Teorie. Pratiche. Dialoghi
Ludologica, 2013
Paperback, 288 pages, 19 Euros

This collection of essays (in Italian) is edited by Visual and Critical Studies faculty member Matteo Bittanti in collaboration with Stanford University's Henry Lowood. Bittanti also wrote one of the essays. The book has been released in Italy in the ongoing Ludologica book series and features 27 contributions from scholars, artists, and critics on the topic of machinima, digital games, and contemporary art. The book jacket is designed by the new-media artist Mauro Ceolin. Watch the book trailer!

Read the rest

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Modern Print Activism in the United States
Ashgate, 2013
Hardcover, 270 pages, $99.95

Director of Humanities and Sciences Rachel Schreiber edits this book devoted to the explosion of socially and politically activist print culture that occurred in the United States at the turn of the 20th century. These essays focus on specific groups, individuals, and causes that relied on print as a vehicle for activism. They also take up the variety of print forms in which calls for activism have appeared, including fiction, editorials, letters to the editor, graphic satire, and non-periodical media such as pamphlets and calendars.

Read the rest

Pages