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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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Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Laura Braun

3D printing might be an obvious method for fashion designers to embrace, but technologies from all different fields are inspiring designers to rethink the way they see and do things. Take Sensoree's Mood Sweater — it uses sensors to detect a certain kind of sweat in the palms of your hands that varies depending on your emotional state, and then translates it into multicolored light emitted by LEDs. Kristin Neidlinger created the sweater for her MFA design research at the California College of the Arts, but mainly as a practical device.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Laura Braun

Eva O'Leary and Harry Griffin are photographers who work together. Last year they funded a project called Devil's Den using Kickstarter. For it, they photographed reenactors and spectators at the 150th-anniversary commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg. Juxtapositions within their images lay bare the differences between then and now. The project is featured in Mossless Issue 3, which is also currently on Kickstarter. We spoke with Eva and Harry about preconceptions drawn from history books, crowdfunding as a strategy for self-publishing, and the nature of collaboration.

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Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 by Laura Braun

With a series of give-it-all-ya-got Barry Bonds-like swats of a bat, the 30th anniversary of the Capp Street Project was celebrated by artists, art students, art patrons and art lovers Tuesday night. The project, founded independently by Ann Hatch and since then having come under the umbrella of the California College of the Arts' Wattis Institute, was designed to provide residencies for artists creating installations.

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Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

In 1998, 15 years after Ann Hatch founded the Capp Street Project, a residency-and-exhibition program fpr installation artists, California College of the Arts’ Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts took the Project under its wing. The 30th anniversary of Capp Street’s founding was celebrated on Tuesday with a rip-roaring party conceived and thrown by the Wattis team.

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