CCA in the Media News

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Flipping through more than 100 advertisements that are stripped of all words and context and guessing what they mean is an exercise for the brain. Nevertheless, last week, for more than an hour, we sat in artist Hank Willis Thomas' midtown Manhattan studio doing just that. The images we viewed compose his most recent body of work, "Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015," which will go on view today at Jack Shainmain Gallery in Chelsea, and delves even further into the artist's previous explorations of power, beauty, privlege, and desire in America.

Read the rest

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 by Laura Braun

Time is running out for the inflatable man. His precious seconds ticking upward in large blinking red numbers on an LED screen. Some passers-by stop to take-in the painfully slow demise - unaware that the writhing, thrashing figure with the frowny face is essentially pummeling himself into oblivion.

Visit source »

Read the rest

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

"I'm delighted to welcome Liam to our board of trustees," said the chair of the board C Diane Christensen. "As a prominent Bay Area business leader, he embraces the values we hold dear at CCA: creativity and innovation, community engagement, entrepreneurialism, and social and environmental responsibility.

Visit source »

Read the rest

Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

When we digest a printed advertisement, whether it's for a skin cream or an underwear brand or a fast food joint, the actual commercial good being plugged is often irrelevant. Behind the logo, messages such as this is how you want to look and this is how you want to be seen bubble beneath the surface, instructing us all how to look, act and speak in order to be accepted, valued, loved.

Visit source »

Read the rest

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

In the year of Barack Obama’s election, the artist Hank Willis Thomas created a project called “Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America, 1968–2008.” It was made up of 82 magazine advertisements, two from each year, that showed or made reference to African-Americans — except that he’d stripped all the text out.

Read the rest

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Becker announced his departure from HTC last week. He will serves as vice president of industrial design -- a newly created position at Fitbit -- and will report to CEO James Park, Fitbit said in an e-mailed statement. Recode earlier reported on Becker's new job.

Visit source »

Read the rest

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

The show -- incorporating experimental elements, such as allowing visitors to add their own stories through real-time social media channels -- is basically 10 exhibits in one. It's a collaboration of works by socially minded Oakland-based artists hand-picked by the project's lead artist, Chris Johnson, professor of photography at the California College of the Arts. Through sculpture, video, photography, a murder of fake crows and even elements of journalistic reporting, each artist explores the layers, the complexities, the individuality of the city.

Read the rest

Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Laura Braun

Last fall, when the Oakland Museum of California approached Chris Johnsonfor ideas on connecting the museum to a broader range of Oakland residents, Johnson was blunt.

Read the rest

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

On Thursday morning, 52 elaborate art installations, ranging from a giant kitchen table and chairs to a walk-through kaleidoscope, will be open to interpretation on the double-wide sidewalks of Market Street. On Saturday evening, the exhibition ends, and by Monday morning, it will all be gone without a trace.

Visit source »

Read the rest

Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Laura Braun

And though an oversize squid was of the stuffed variety, 335 guests cheered wildly March 25 as tiny tots modeled dream-inspired clothing by Simply designer Pin Yun (SindiaLin during the California College of the Arts’ “Black Is the New Black” Gala Alumni Fashion Show.

Visit source »

Read the rest

Pages