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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 by Laura Braun

There is no Polaroid for smells, of course (unfortunately), and Urban Olfactory is not a real historical archive. But the idea was to imagine one, David Gissen, the exhibition's co-curator with Irene Cheng, told me. Previously, Gissen had speculated fantastically about "urban ice cores," or an archive of indoor air for future urban climatologists. The dozen or so scents at Urban Olfactory range widely in time and space, from early modern Europe to the California of 50 years ago.

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Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 by Laura Braun

Oxford received a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Fine Arts in painting/drawing with a concentration in video art from the California College of the Arts. Starting in March, she will write a biweekly blog series focused on connections between the museum collections and the local community.

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Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

Make your way to SooLOCAL this Saturday for a dual exhibit from partners in crime/art Crystal Quinn and Oakley Tapola. In Somethin’s Rippin, the two present a clever collection of works that are, as they describe, “A snapshot of the comic dysfunctionality of the parts of life that we depend on, work around, or attempt to fix: may we try half-assed or diligently, it is generally to no avail” which is definitely a concept we can understand. While the duo may have a playful, witty streak, their work is far from a joke: both Quinn and Tapola are quite serious when it comes to art.

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Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 by Laura Braun

The phrase “wearable art” comes to mind when looking at HighLow Jewelry‘s collection, and that’s because it is actually inspired by art. Designer Sonya Gallardo studied painting & drawing at California College of the Arts San Francisco before launching her line. Now based in Los Angeles, HighLow Jewelry draws influence from both ancient and modern art, infusing the collection with nods to folk art, art history and contemporary art. 

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Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Laura Braun

Designers often cite collaboration as one of their keys to keeping creative. That’s true, even for Heidi Meredith and Renée Walker, who live on opposite sides of the country. The pair originally met at California College of the Arts and they formed the design shop GOLD right after graduation in the summer of 2011. In its short existence, GOLD has created a number of smart and striking works, including designing the vintage-inspired book cover for At Home on the Range, a cookbook by the great-grandmother of Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of Eat, Love, Pray fame).

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Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Laura Braun

Michael’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Denver Art Museum; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and the Library of Congress. He is an alumni of California College of the Arts (CCA), where he has taught Design for more than 30 years. In 2012, Michael was named to the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

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Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 by Laura Braun

A Bay Area native born in Santa Rosa, Reymundo Perez III is a naturally talented illustrator and craftsman currently pursuing his BFA in Graphic Design at California College of the Arts. He was selected for CCA’s Sputnik Design Studio in spring 2013 and recently accepted a Monotype Award for Typographic Excellence. Reymundo has natural curiosity and drive, and his talents range from publications to type design, video, web, and experimental processes, involving hand work whenever possible.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Laura Braun

David Gissen and Irene Cheng, the exhibit's architectural-historian curators from the California College of the Arts, searched far and wide to amass this surreal collection of odors. They tapped into the collections of rock-star perfumers like Laudamiel – who fabricated "Paris 1738" using "cassis note for urine, and [pyrazine] molecules for the other sewage effects" – and solicited tips from odor-obsessed writers like Chandler Burr, the one-time perfume critic forThe New York Times.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

His clients include AmericanOne, Baker Furniture, Bernhardt Furniture,The Blackstone Group, Bolier & Company, Boyd Lighting, Esprit, HBF, IBM,Luna Textiles, McGuire Furniture, Robert Talbott, Teknion and The Walt Disney Company. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Denver Art Museum; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and the Library of Congress. He is an alumni of California College of the Arts (CCA), where he has taught design for more than 30 years. In 2012, Vanderbyl was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Laura Braun

Currently on view at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco is “Hiller/Martin: Provisional Realities” featuring Susan Hiller and Daria Martin. How can memory destabilize our perception of the present and our understanding of the realities that inform it?

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