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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

I first encountered Rudy Lemcke’s work at Picturing AIDS: 1986–96, a retrospective of his AIDS artwork at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center in 2007. I was particularly moved by his video Where the Buffalo Roam (2007), in which Lemcke uses John Cage’s musical composition Perilous Night (1943–44) as an editing framework for juxtaposing documentation of ACT UP protests with evocative images of slain buffalo. In December 2014, Rudy and I sat down in his studio in San Francisco, California, for a conversation about his work.

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Illustration faculty member Robert Hunt in his studio

It’s been described as the “Oscar Award of the illustration world,” and this year CCA Illustration faculty member Robert Hunt has the distinguished honor of calling his own the 2015 Society of Illustrators' Hamilton King Award.

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015 by Laura Braun

The Mobile Craft Module, a product of the Prototyping Mobility Advanced Architecture Studio led by Adam Marcus at California College of the Arts, proposes an architecture of deployable structures that can be reconfigured to serve a variety of functions. The twin modules can be arranged in multiple ways to facilitate exhibition space, event space, and work space, and they nest together to become secure at night.

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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Laura Braun

Every year, I’m looking forward to May and June. Those are the months for student graduations, and for fashion schools, the annual student fashion shows. I love to see the runway featuring graduating student works, to catch a glimpse of their fashion point of view as they are about to embark their professional career in fashion. For some of the students, the annual fashion show is their last chance to present a concept purely from their own.

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by Em Meine

Despairing Adolescent, Clifford Rainey, 2014, 3D printed cast yellow uranium glassView slideshow 

CCA's Glass Program chair Clifford Rainey is currently showing work alongside MFA Glass alumni Lynne-Rachel Altman (MFA 1994) and David Ruth (MFA 1987) in an exciting group exhibition at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, a gallery space in Oakland. 

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015 by Laura Braun

Last semester, California College of the Arts (CCA) scholar-in-residence Chris Treggiari turned to Potrero Hill to serve as his studio class’s primary subject.   Treggiari directed students in his Making the Invisible Visible course to develop new ways to enliven Starr King Open Space.

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Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

Besides teaching at the California College of the Arts, Grose does marketing research for the Sustainable Cotton Project. During her talk at the Faire, she gave a background on cotton and went on to discuss what the Project is all about.

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Posted on Friday, June 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

Books are powerful mechanisms for encountering and shaping oneself, and for making rapid but lasting connections with strangers. San Francisco-based conceptual artist Josh Greene reminds viewers of this capacity in his solo exhibition Bound to Be Held at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. The gallery holds two intersecting projects: a selection from Greene’s ongoing work Read by Famous, which presents books donated and inscribed by various well-known individuals; and The Library of Particular Significance, a lending library of approximately 1,000 books donated by the public.

Posted on Friday, June 5, 2015 by Laura Braun

Even if you never knew what they were called, you’ve definitely seen an air dancer. They’re those floppy dudes filled with air that flail about worldwide in front of car dealers and other businesses advertising super sales. Though Jeremy Mende isn’t the first artist to explore this ridiculous, iconic capitalist symbol, he’s probably the first to custom-build one, tether it to a pole, and clock the countdown to its demise. As Mende explains, his air dancer named Lucky is inspired by “the idiot-philosopher from Sam Beckett’s 1953 play Waiting for Godot.

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Laura Braun

The very idea of books’ staying power is what drew alum, adjunct professor, and artist Josh Greene (MFA Sculpture 2001) to found Read by Famous. Since 2012, the project has persuaded luminaries in various fields to turn over books from their personal collections in order to raise money for literary-focused nonprofits.

Operating under the tagline “From Their Hands to Yours,” Read by Famous has already racked up an impressive library ranging in books that belonged to everyone from comedian Jimmy Kimmel to actor Bill Paxton to fellow artist and alum Hank Willis Thomas. Greene asks that the books not just be a copy, but rather the copy that the donor actually read.