CCA in the Media News

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 by Laura Braun

The 41-year-old artist, who also has a history of turning the blank slate of a gallery into a personalized space that blurs the line between bodies and objects and makes the visitor a part of the art, has his first major museum commission in the United States at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. The site-specific show is presented in partnership with theSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is part of the museum’s “New Work” series featuring works by innovative contemporary artists.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by Laura Braun

Bruno Fazzolari, a painter, sculptor, and professor at California College of the Arts, is a self-trained “nose,” brewing fragrances in the comfort of his studio apartment in the Mission. Fazzolari credits mild synesthesia—a neurological peculiarity that causes him to experience scents as visuals—for his perfume passion.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

We asked four local design experts to pick their favorite statement chairs. Their selections prove that there are designs for a range of aesthetics (from Old World to rustic to contemporary) and budgets (although if you’re going to have one showstopper in the house, it may be worth saving up for and splurging on).

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Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Laura Braun

Matteo Bittanti, a writer, artist, and teacher in the Visual Studies program at California College of the Arts, told me that we're still waiting for the video game version of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ or Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Gospel According to St. Matthew, but that we shouldn't hold our breath.

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Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Laura Braun

Last year, students at California College of the Arts did a study on Green Apple Books to investigate their secret. The report is pages and pages long, but it what it comes down to is that they know their customers.

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Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

My wife Nina and I went to Iceland in 2001 on a horseback trip. We rode through the center of Iceland in the highlands. It was one of the most moving trips of my life. But I didn’t go back until 2011. California College of the Arts asked me to teach a summer class there and I knew I wanted to go back. As soon as I got there, I realized it was perfect. I knew I wanted to be there. We’ve been there for the last four summers, arriving in late May to teach a class for students from CCA, and then Nina and I stay on through July and then go back for Christmas.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Laura Braun

When it comes to decor, one tiny change can make a big difference. One place to start is from the ground up, with an area rug. At 4 feet and 6 feet in diameter, these bright, nature-derivative whimsical designs by artistMonreaux Ruth Monroe deliver high impact in small spaces. The recent California College of the Arts graduate says rugs are a quick, easy and affordable way to inject some personality into living spaces without dramatically altering the spatial confines.

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Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Laura Braun

The first of several exhibitions of his work was mounted in 1965 at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. In 1967, Steloff sold the Gotham Book Mart to Andreas Brown, who entered into an unusual relationship with Gorey: in 1970, Gorey’s The Sopping Thursday became the first of his books to be published by the bookstore, which also mounted an exhibition of his works that year and began serving as an archive for his art.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

"They’re in the kind of collective psychology of San Franciscans," Craig Scott, a founding partner of IwamotoScott, says of the three sites. "You see those structures from a long distance on the freeways or on the hilltops," he explains. "They have this kind of status--at least visually--as landmarks along the eastern side of the city."

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Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun

Joan Jonas is finally getting her due. As we plunge headlong into the digital age, the visionary work in video and performance by this downtown New York stalwart seems to become only more relevant. She will represent the U.S. in next year's Venice Biennale, but in the meantime you can acquaint yourself with her earlier work in a major survey exhibition at Hangar Bicocca in Milan [opening Oct. 2], plus a series of public events reconsidering her career at the California College of the Arts' Wattis Institute in San Francisco [through May 2015].

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