Faculty News

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

The arts and culture publication Artforum may be used to commenting on the world of museums and galleries, but now they find themselves as the work of art itself. In her Artforum Excavation Series, Francesca Pastine carves the magazines to form colorful, sculptural pieces that seem to melt down the wall, fold in on themselves, and form sculptural structures. Using an Xacto blade, the San Francsico-based artist painstakingly carved each page creating what she calls "unsolicited collaborations."

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013 by Jim Norrena


It was announced in December by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington that Film chair and MFA in Film cochair Rob Epstein's 1984 Academy Award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk was selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Success by Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers
HOW books, 2012
Paperback, 297 pages, $29.99

David Sherwin (Interaction Design faculty), the author of this book, is currently a Principal Designer at frog, a global innovation firm, where he helps to guide the research, strategy and design of novel products and services for some of today's leading companies and nonprofit organizations.

He says: "Fellow designers: In your career you may have been like me: Trying to keep projects on the rails and clients happy. Digging through blogs for useful advice. Wondering if there was a better way to handle all of the demands of being a design professional and running a creative business. The wisdom contained in this book will help you become a stronger businessperson and better plan your career path as a design leader.

"This book was born from in-depth interviews with a slew of successful designers, studio directors, project managers, and client service professionals across a wide range of creative industries. It contains the business secrets I needed most when I started as a designer 16 years ago."

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Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

West Coast Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design
Gibbs Smith, 2012
Hardcover, 248 pages, $50

Zahid Sardar (Visual Studies faculty) describes how architects and designers are breaking new ground on the West Coast, incorporating tested ideas with modern technologies, materials, and concepts in thrilling and sustainable designs. This collection of more than 25 inspiring residences by such renowned western architects and interior designers as Ricardo and Victor Legorreta, Tom Kundig, Jim Jennings, Steven Ehrlich, Marmol Radziner, Aidlin Darling, Paul Wiseman, Terry Hunziker, and Gary Hutton showcases large and small homes that respond to the deserts, mountains, plains, and coastlines of the West. The sculptural forms and elegant interiors are at once both urban and rural, open to the outdoors, and always contemporary, comfortable, and stylish.

Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco editor and writer specializing in architecture, interiors, and design. His work has appeared in Dwell, Interiors, Interior Design, California Home & Design, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has written several books, including San Francisco Modern and New Garden Design.

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Institutions by Artists
Fillip Editions, 2012
Paperback, 224 pages, $20

Visiting scholar Kristina Lee Podesva edited this book, which includes texts by CCA alumni Peta Rake (MA Curatorial Practice 2012) and Ola El Khalidi (MA Curatorial Practice 2012). Artist-run initiatives in North America provided a space for the presentation and legitimization of experimental work and for the assertion of socially progressive and politically radical ideas and questions. In making such spaces available, artist-run initiatives have operated alternately as flash points for heated debates and controversies, as well as platforms for social understanding and remaining for their audiences. The book presents a collection of texts addressing the performance and promise of contemporary global artist-run centers and initiatives within the historical contexts that saw their emergence. Texts address centers in Amman, Jordan; Brisbane, Australia; Vancouver; Zurich; Tokyo; and Barcelona. The book is published as part of Fillip's ongoing Folio Series, which presents anthologies of new and previously published questions on international contemporary art.

Podesva organized an international conference of the same name as the book. Sessions of the conference are available for viewing at www.arcpost.ca. The Curatorial Practice alumni involved were Peta Rake (2012), Ola El Khalidi (2012), Matt Post (2009), and Chris Fitzpatrick (2009).

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Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Hopelessness Freezes Time: 1967 Detroit Riots, Detroit Techno and Michael Heizer's Dragged Mass
Kunstmuseum Basel, 2011
Hardcover, 100 pages, 25 SwF

Produced on the occasion of Edgar Arceneaux's exhibition at Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Basel, Hopelessness Freezes Time: 1967 Detroit Riots, Detroit Techno and Michael Heizer's Dragged Mass presents artworks, research, and writing from the artist’s collaboration with art historian Julian Myers (Curatorial Practice faculty).

Posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions
CCA Wattis Institute, 2012
Hardcover, 240 pages, $25

This catalogue, designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), documents a five-year-long series of exhibitions that examined the 50 American states, featuring artworks, historical artifacts, curiosities, and aspects of the overlooked and the little-known. The series was coorganized by Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann and CCA's Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice.

Posted on Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Allison Byers

The design competition to bring fresh life to San Francisco's Fort Mason Center has been won by a team that proposes such twists as a floating pool and a pedestrian bridge to Marina Green.
Larger aspects include the conversion of an empty pier building into an art-themed hotel. But what set apart the team led by Holland's West 8 was its varied and often fine-grained approach to the 13-acre enclave, which is thronged on some days and all but empty on others.

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Jim Norrena

In fall 2012 California College of the Arts welcomed Cathrine Veikos as the new chair of its undergraduate Interior Design Program.

With the first semester behind us, we sat down with Veikos to check in and hear firsthand about what she brings to the program and how she plans to use her expertise in her future endeavors.

Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Way Beyond Art 2: Wide White Space
CCA Wattis Institute, 2012
Paperback, 146 pages, $17

To see more pages from the book visit the official Wide White Space website.

Edited and designed by Jon Sueda (Graphic Design faculty), this book investigates graphic design's evolving relationship with the practice of exhibition making as it intersects with the visual arts and the work of both artists and curators. It features notable designs (in full color) and essays by Project Projects and CCA faculty members Rachel Berger, Eric Heiman, Brett MacFadden, Emily McVarish, and Scott Thorpe.