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Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Laura Braun

Born in Bellingham, Wash., Ireland took his time coming into his own. As a child he showed artistic inclinations, playing the bagpipes and constructing string mazes across his bedroom.

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 by Laura Braun

One bright September afternoon in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, I found myself sitting at an orange picnic table on a vacant lot the size of several football fields. It might be one of the most valuable empty lots in the United States.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

We are all Northern Californian now. Conscious, sustainable, holistic, but with no sacrifice of artisanal luxury from our eco slow-lives. This style of contemporary living—with its ethics and repercussions—is the fulcrum of Carissa Rodriguez’s exhibition “I’m normal. I have a garden.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

Lee’s own introduction to this lineage was at California College of the Arts (at that time, California College of Arts and Crafts, or CCAC), where he studied in the early ’90s with Suzanne Lacy, a performance artist and pioneer of socially engaged art. Lacy had been a student of Allen Kaprow, who is credited with inventing the Happening.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

By shifting night photography’s focus to a suburban background, the tone immediately changes from something lively and vibrant to something haunting and alluring. Hido, a graduate of Tufts, The Rhode Island School of Design, and The California College of Arts and Crafts, often explores artificial light and it’s partnership with the dark. This collection, a small representation of his work with where humans choose to live (and not live), is a glowing and sinister portrayal of something most of us associate with comfort and safety.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 by Laura Braun

Ivan Cash teaches in CCA's Graphic Design Program. He is a San Francisco-based interactive artist and filmmaker who’s collaborated with Airbnb, Facebook, L’Oreal and Toyota. He created Snailmail My Email, an annual worldwide community art project where volunteers write and send out strangers’ emails through the post office. Cash got his start selling hand-printed t-shirts outside Madison Square Garden during college.

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Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

For the final eight years of her life, Cantor was working on the feature-length film Pinochet Porn. Originally a suite of drawings named Circus Lives from Hell (2005), Pinochet Porn is an episodic narrative about five children growing up under the regime of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile. Featuring a cast of close friends and collaborators, and shot in New York and London, Pinochet Porn stages a libidinal critique of the systematic and sadistic destruction of self-expression and experience.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

Aronzon has been blowing glass for more than 25 years. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she got her MFA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, where she met titans in the field including Dale Chihuly, arguably the most famous glass blower in the world, and William Morris, one of the more innovative American glass blowers of the last 30 years. Her main influence, however, isn’t other glassmakers, she says: It’s the world around her.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

During her mid-20s, before she entered graduate school at California College of the Arts in 2004, O’Malley struggled to find a work identity that felt right. “Susan equals waitstaff at a winery?” she once wrote to her friend Matt Haber after she’d moved back home to San Jose post-college. “Yikes.” When she finally found her way into the arts scene, though, she made herself indispensable: curating shows, collaborating with other artists, working as a juror for arts prizes, instigating school-wide doodle contests and other social art projects with high school students.

Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 by Laura Braun

David Maisel received his BA from Princeton University, studied at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and received his MFA from California College of the Arts. Maisel is the recipient of a 2008 Artist Residency from the Headlands Center for the Arts, and a 2007 Scholar/Artist Residency from the Getty Research Institute. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for Cultural Innovation. He was appointed a Trustee of the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2011.

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