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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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Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

Will H. and I walked over to SPUR the other day to take a sniff at its latest exhibition (co-presented by California College of the Arts), "Urban Olfactory," which tries to answer the question "What does history smell like?" Before we walked into the building, we paused for a whiffing moment on Mission Street. New Ming's Chinese restaurant was across the street; a woman with two schnauzers on a leash passed by. We could smell neither egg rolls nor canines; just eau de San Francisco, the usual combination of urine and pot, Will observed.

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Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

With art fair season kicking off in just a few weeks, New Art Dealers Alliance has also recently released its list of exhibitors for the third edition of its New York art fair. 2014 NADA New York will take place in Basketball City on Pier 36 again, and it will run from May 9-11. Featuring over 80 international galleries from 13 countries and a bulk of galleries from New York, this year's event boasts even more names than last year's.

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Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 by Laura Braun

Curated by David Gissen and Irene Cheng of the California College of the Arts and featuring scents concocted by renowned perfurmers like France’s Christophe Laudamiel, the exhibit commemorates historians’ efforts over the past decade to record and reconstruct history’s odors to better understand the sense’s force in driving change. Get anywhere near the pollution vitrine -- a nauseating sample of what San Francisco smelled like following the Industrial Revolution -- and the demand for air quality regulations in the last century will make all the more sense.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

With Armory Week just around the corner, and relentless weather patterns that remind us we’re still in the throws of winter, what better time than now to start getting excited for the summery art bonanza that is Frieze Week New York. Once again, the New Art Dealer’s Alliance (NADA) will set up shop at Pier 36’s Basketball City on Manhattan’s East Side with NADA New York, from May 9-11. This year’s fair — the third New York edition — brings over 70 galleries from 31 cities and 13 countries.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Laura Braun

Art fair season is almost upon us. Two short weeks from now, the Armory Show, the ADAA Art Show, Independent and a number of satellite shows will arrive in the city, and then, in May, Frieze New York makes its third run on Randall’s Island.

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