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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

The decision to include Jake Longstreth was a natural one. Longstreth, who, like McFarland, graduated from California College of the Arts about 10 years ago, focuses on painting. His portraits of sprawling landscapes are minimal -- stripped down to basic, elegant shapes.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Working with the California College of the Arts, the group recently organized a Design Sprint in which teams of students created outreach campaigns to improve road safety. The results included a program promoting Zen to resolve road rage to a public-transit-inspired group bike commute program. Organizers are working with public agencies to turn some of the most effective ideas into reality.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Mati Rose McDonough never expected to be a professional artist.

But when McDonough (whose first name, Mati, is pronounced Matey) got laid off from her job at a San Francisco law firm in 2007, the urge to paint grew so strong that she decided to take the plunge and apply to the California College of the Arts in Oakland.

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Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun

Nature - as seen through the strange, rough magic of memory - has been the overriding force behind Los Angeles painter Jake Longstreth's latest paintings, his "Particulate Matter" series. Dark or hazy landmasses are rendered with what he describes as "thin, nervous-looking strokes, done in an off-the-cuff manner," in contrast with tonal skies and the occasional rambunctious pink or green cloud.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

The seeds for Michelle’s love of landscape design were planted at an early age. “It was an innate progression from making mud pies to sculpting the earth. In essence, I have never outgrown my childhood of crafting conceptual montages from natural, found objects in the landscape,” she says. To fertilize her emerging artistic talent, she attended the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, the California College of Arts and Crafts, and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. After serving a number of horticultural internships, she was ready to launch her landscape design career.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

“Codex” is the current group exhibition located in the front gallery space of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, conceived and by artist and book collector, Pierre Leguillon during his residency at the Kadist Art Foundation in 2011. Using the residency as a departure point, Leguillon curated “Codex” along with students from the Fine Arts Department of Haute école d’art et de design (HERD) in Geneva, Switzerland and the California College of the Arts. The gallery installation seems to mimic a giant open book with a dust jacket.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Laura Braun

The Pryor tour ended up revealing as much about the venues in which art is displayed as it did about the artwork on view. At the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, Ms. Kidwell told me, “I felt as though the crowd was beholden to the space.” Oakland “was another matter altogether. We did that show in Solespace, a shoe store/community space. It is an exhibition space—they’d had an opening just the night before the show—but they host performances all the time. The crowd was there to laugh and enjoy the show, and it felt great! It was hot and fun.

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Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Oakland artist Gregory Kloehn rose to fame in 2011, when he created small homes made out of transformed dumpsters. Taking what he learned from making these mini living spaces, he's started a new project building brightly colored tiny houses out of found materials and donating them to the homeless.

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Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

Jessica Silverman has, in a very short time, become one of the most talked-about young dealers in the world. She opened her gallery in 2008 after finishing an M.F.A. in Curatorial Studies at the California College of the Arts and quickly made a name for herself. Within a year of opening, she was already participating in significant art fairs such as NADA Miami and FIAC. Silverman has a knack for identifying new talent, including Hugh Scott-Douglas, who was recently taken on by LA powerhouse Blum & Poe, and Dashiell Manley, who will appear in the upcoming 2014 Whitney Biennial.

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Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

The odors on display harking from our fair city are plenty evocative, but far less poignant. The exhibit was curated by California College of the Arts architectural history professors David Gissenand Irene Cheng, and four vessels are meant to capture the historical smells of that school's Potrero neighborhood: salt air (nice); stables (see: "The Smell of Manure in the French Countryside"); coal soot (acrid, unbearable); and pollution (even worse).

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