CCA in the Media News

Posted on Friday, November 7, 2014 by Laura Braun

Slung around a brass pole, a leg motions coquettishly. Curved and angled just so, the dark wooden leg flirts and beckons. At the CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, a transmutation takes place. Table and chair legs seduce and 19th Century figures sport metallic appendages and prostheses, wearing their anxiety and neuroses. Markus Schinwald’s exhibition at the Wattis is a decidedly bodily affair. His work boldly imagines a kind of animism that blurs the perceived separations between man, object, space, and emotion.

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Posted on Friday, November 7, 2014 by Laura Braun

Constraint, alteration, impediment: The figures that populate the work of Markus Schinwald are subjected to a range of psychophysical distortions, to strange bendings and bindings through which the Vienna-based artist summons a world weirdly ductile in both form and affect. Schinwald works with painting (uncannily détourned nineteenth-century portraits, seamlessly overlaid with rendered prosthetics), sculpture (contortions of elegantly flailing cabrioles), video, choreography, costume and set design, and architectural intervention.

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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

However, it makes you wonder, what’s the point of all this? Why have these beautiful offices, meals for employees, open working environments, and the ability to come and go as you please? Why spend millions of dollars on such an extravagant office when these employees could just have easily worked out of some cheap warehouse instead? To help answer this question I spoke with Aaron Taylor Harvey who is the environments design lead at Airbnb, he and his fiancee are both architects and their job is to constantly think through and design spaces for the company.

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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

A small group of comics community members held a "Town Hall” meeting about two weeks after this year’s APE to discuss developing a new San Francisco comics festival. Led by Matt Silady, the chair of the MFA Comics program at California College of the Arts, the meeting attracted a mix of comics creators, retailers, librarians, and fans who were eager to discuss the possibility of a new show to fill in the gap left by Wondercon and now APE's departure from the San Francisco comics scene.

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Posted on Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

I grew up with an appreciation for object making. I started sewing and making jewelry when I was a kid. I studied painting, sculpture, and installation art at California College of the Arts, but it wasn't until I was about to graduate I started getting interested in jewelry and started using my school's laser cutter to make necklaces.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

San Francisco native and recent California College of the Arts grad Zara Dramov has a new handbag line, The Common Knowledge, inspired by the way bone meets skin, the way paper folds, sci-fi movie costumes, and shiny copper bolts found in city street grates. Miraculously, each rigid, architectural design is made from one single sheet of leather. Once again, Lena Dunham would know best: the Girls star was recently spotted carrying the oxblood Mini Bone Bag. 

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Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

California College of the Arts has preleased floors two through six for its students, but the upper floors will be rented on the open market, presumably to young adults who want to recapture the feeling of living in a dorm—albeit with a Murphy bed and a flat-screen TV provided gratis. The bed, descriptively dubbed the TableBed, folds down onto the dining-room table, and built-in storage and banquettes squeeze every inch of living space out of the micro-abodes. The studio unit essentially feels like one giant kitchen that you can sleep in.

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

Oyster EB-12 was first installed at the California College of the Arts during their Craft Forward Symposium in 2011, and a second version of the installation, called Oyster EB-124, followed.

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

“Larry Sultan: Here and Home,” a retrospective of the work of the Greenbrae photographer, will be at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from Sunday, Nov. 9, through March 22. Brooklyn-born Sultan was raised in the San Fernando Valley, and lived in the Bay Area from the ’70s until his death in 2009, with long teaching stints at the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of the Arts. The exhibition, organized by LACMA, will go to the Milwaukee Art Museum after its Los Angeles showing, and will be at SFMOMA not long after its reopening.

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Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 by Laura Braun

After she graduated, she headed to the California College of the Arts to study illustration and ceramics. In 1990, she returned to Hong Kong to teach at the Museum of Art and the Art School. "I was one of the few people bringing back the American perspective to Hong Kong, [things such as] ceramics with a sculptural edge," she reminisces. "I was trained in the West Coast Bay, where everything was possible."

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