Faculty News

Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 by Jim Norrena

MFA Program in Writing visiting scholar Ishmael Reed was recently featured on Speakeasy, the Wall Street Journal arts and entertainment blog.

Reed, author of The Free-Lance Pallbearers and Reckless Eyeballing, uses the recent media storm surrounding the controversial "not guilty" verdict of George Zimmerman (on trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida) to accentuate his own experience participating as part of a neighborhood watch team in the Bay Area.

In February, Reed's article "Neo-Classical Republicanism" was published in the New York Times Opinion Pages.

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 by A. Will Brown

Fashion Design chair Amy Williams with student [photo: Jim Norrena]

"In the end, sometimes clothes are just clothes."

So says CCA Fashion Design Program chair Amy Williams, in her typically unassuming manner, despite the fact that she's been ahead of the curve for years, both as an educator and as a designer.

When asked about her career the first thing she says, as if to get it out of the way, is that she is "not famous," but after meeting her, one wonders, why not? She has all the intangibles, and carries herself with a deeply professional and confident air. Even more striking is her lack of pomp or undercutting competitive attitude -- qualities that so often accompany success.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Ninth Page: Etel Adnan's Journalism 1972-74
CCA, 2013
Paperback, 128 pages, inquire to purchase

This book accompanies the thesis exhibition of the class of 2013 of CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice. It was edited by faculty member Julian Myers-Szupinska and student Heidi Rabben, and it was designed by Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

New Constellations, New Ecologies
ACSA, 2013
$35

This book was coedited by Director of Architecture Ila Berman and Edward Mitchell and designed by Graphic Design faculty member Brett MacFadden of MacFadden & Thorpe. It ocuments the proceedings of the ACSA’s 101st annual meeting, which took place in spring 2013 at CCA (read more here).

Subtitled "New Constellations, New Ecologies," the hope for the conference was "to reset the agenda for architectural education." As a counterpoint to the 100th anniversary meeting hosted by MIT, the first American school of architecture, ACSA 101 took place at CCA, one of the younger architecture schools. The intention of this shift was to "resituate the issues facing architecture within the Bay Area's complex context: a global urban mega-region known for its technological innovation, ecological attitude, and social diversity, with cultural and economic influences coming from its position at the edge of the continent and its strong ties to the Pacific Rim."

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Never Built Los Angeles
Metropolis Books, 2013
Hardcover, 376 pages, $55

Graphic Design faculty member Eric Heiman and his firm Volume Inc. designed this book, which explores the "what if" Los Angeles, investigating the values and untapped potential of a city still in search of itself.

In more than 400 color and black-and-white illustrations, this book shows buildings, master plans, parks, follies, and mass-transit proposals that only ever saw the drawing board -- in total more than 100 visionary works that could have transformed both the physical reality and the collective perception of the metropolis, from Olmsted Brothers and Bartholomew's groundbreaking 1930 Plan for the Los Angeles Region, which would have increased the amount of green space in the notoriously park-poor city fivefold; to John Lautner's Alto Capistrano, a series of spaceship-like apartments hovering above a mixed-use development; to Jean Nouvel's 2008 Green Blade, a condominium tower clad entirely in cascading plants.

Heiman says: "Since all of the projects in the book are unrealized, the imagery is solely drawings, models, and digital renderings. We picked up on the vernacular of architectural plans and blueprints -- the line work, the title blocks, etc. -- for the typographic palette as a way to appropriately frame this visual content. The design also offers two ways to parse the book. The chapters are organized around building typologies. Each individual project, though, is color-coded to reflect its specific Los Angeles neighborhood, with the exact locations indicated on site maps that introduce each section.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Excerpts from Silver Meadows
Nazraeli Press, 2013
Hardcover, 108 pages, $75

Selected by Time as one of the top photo books of 2013! This is the sixth monograph from Nazraeli Press devoted to the work of CCA alumnus and Photography faculty member Todd Hido, and it is his most ambitious project to date. It is designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish.

Update as of 2014: Check out the "Silver Meadows B-Sides Box Set," also designed by Bob Aufuldish.

Silver Meadows is the name of a street that runs through the neighborhood in Kent, Ohio, where the artist grew up. The setting of Hido's childhood, it also became the creative wellspring for his work. Here, it serves as a point of departure for his reexamination of a Midwestern suburban upbringing: 'a trip through the innocence of childhood and adolescence and into the darker aspects of life beyond.'

This first edition is printed on matte Japanese art paper and features an "installation" of tipped-in images on the case binding.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime
Steidl, 2013
Hardcover, 240 pages, $85

Black Maps, designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish, is the first in-depth survey of the major aerial projects by alumnus David Maisel (MFA 2006), whose images of radically altered terrain have transformed the practice of contemporary landscape photography. In more than 100 photos that span Maisel's career, Black Maps presents a hallucinatory worldview encompassing both stark documentary and tragic metaphor, and exploring the relationship between nature and humanity today.

Maisel's images of environmentally impacted sites consider the aesthetics of open-pit mines, clear-cut forests, rampant urbanization and sprawl, and zones of water reclamation. These surreal and disquieting photos take us towards the margins of the unknown and as the Los Angeles Times has stated, "argue for an expanded definition of beauty, one that bypasses glamour to encompass the damaged, the transmuted, the decomposed.”

See more of the design at Aufuldish’s website.

Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Trapline
JackLeg Press, 2013
Paperback, 80 pages, $13

Donna de la Perrière says: of Trapline by Writing faculty member Caroline Goodwin: Nature's flux and torque are embodied in a language that is taut, luscious, and musical.

These are poems of rot and salt, dragonflies and kinked reeds, where the world is always with us -- raw and omnipresent, beautiful and terrible. Here poems navigate physical and metaphysical landscapes, embodying experience and a world both awful and awe-full: 'when the mind / has grown plumes delicate / as tubeworms in the driftwood / in the sponge and scarlet / blood star tough as tongues / as the sea whip clicking.'

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 by Allison Byers

"My Country Has No Name"

The work of 28-year-old Nigerian-born artist Toyin Odutola (MFA 2012) may literally be black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink, but speaking figuratively, her work speaks volumes. Addressing issues of identity, race, and nationhood, her art resonates strongly with her audiences.

Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

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