We asked four local design experts to pick their favorite statement chairs. Their selections prove that there are designs for a range of aesthetics (from Old World to rustic to contemporary) and budgets (although if you’re going to have one showstopper in the house, it may be worth saving up for and splurging on).Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
When current CCA Director of Fine Arts Tammy Rae Carland was in college, Nirvana played the rent parties she and her friends threw at their student-founded alternative gallery space. “This was before they released records and got super-famous,” she avers. “But still!”
They called the gallery Reko-Muse. The place: Olympia, Washington. “It really was a ‘build it and they will come’ kind of a scene. Everyone I knew was playing in a band, starting a gallery, putting out zines, precisely because there was nothing to do otherwise, culturally speaking. And people would drive from Seattle -- or further, even -- to come to shows. Olympia’s music scene became a really big deal.”
Carland, who was also in bands, ran a record label, and put out more than a few zines herself, is today a rock star in another realm: photography.
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Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Laura Braun
Matteo Bittanti, a writer, artist, and teacher in the Visual Studies program at California College of the Arts, told me that we're still waiting for the video game version of Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ or Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Gospel According to St. Matthew, but that we shouldn't hold our breath.Read the rest
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 by Kari Marboe
True collaborations come easily, especially when they combine history and clay.
Ceramics faculty member Kari Marboe, Director of Alumni Relations Jessica Russell, Director of Libraries Annemarie Haar, and CCA alumnae Eve Steccati-Tanovitz (Graphic Design 1969) and Arlene Streich (Arts Education 1961; Painting 1966) worked together to reveal the history of the college’s archived woodblocks and incorporate these historical tools at the Ceramic Program’s Open House, which took place as part of CCA’s Alumni Weekend earlier this month.
Story of the Woodblocks
In the late 1960s, Professor Emeritus Vincent Perez was teaching woodblock printing and drawing at what was then CCAC. An Alumni Office staff member in Treadwell Hall (now Macky Hall) asked Perez if he would like to take possession of the woodblocks.
The woodblocks had been previously used to print the college’s publications (course catalogs, newsletters, and diplomas) going back to its founding in 1907 and decades thereafter.
If Perez hadn’t wanted them, they would have been thrown away.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Laura Braun
In June CCA students from across multiple disciplines participated in CCA+AIR (Audi Innovation Research) Fellowship: Beyond Mobility, an intensive two-week design challenge that brought the Audi Group's leading designers -- and a host of other local designers -- to campus to hear students present about the next phase of creating luxury automobiles.
Architecture faculty members and Future Cities Lab partners Nataly Gattegno and Jason Kelly Johnson and Markus Auerbach from Audi AG’s AIR team spearheaded the event, which called for an interdisciplinary cross-section of program chairs to nominate students, who would then apply for the fellowship.
Auerbach emphasized daily a basic principle to which all Audi designers rely: “Humans have basic needs and rich desires.”
Students worked in teams and were instructed to keep the fundamental design consideration in mind as they envisioned the design of future automobiles for Audi AG, one of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers (along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which are the three best-selling luxury automakers in the world).Read the rest
Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014 by Laura Braun
My wife Nina and I went to Iceland in 2001 on a horseback trip. We rode through the center of Iceland in the highlands. It was one of the most moving trips of my life. But I didn’t go back until 2011. California College of the Arts asked me to teach a summer class there and I knew I wanted to go back. As soon as I got there, I realized it was perfect. I knew I wanted to be there. We’ve been there for the last four summers, arriving in late May to teach a class for students from CCA, and then Nina and I stay on through July and then go back for Christmas.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014 by Rachel Walther
Brink’s vision to partner her expertise in design with companies and organizations that are seeking sustainable solutions for projects that will benefit communities, locally or globally, has come to fruition.
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I knew from a very early age that I was a creative person. There were no artists in my family; my father was a pilot and all of our family was in the airline industry. I didn’t think that art could be a career, but my parents were really supportive.
When in Doubt, Go to CCA
I decided to leave Switzerland and go to the U.S. to learn English and spend a year at an art school. I liked the CCA catalogue best. I moved to Oakland in 1988, and within my first year I discovered photography and decided to stay.
I experimented a lot (this was predigital) and became good at the craft of studio work. Four teachers still stand out for me: Larry Sultan was a big influence -- a great mentor and a really inspiring person!Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun
"They’re in the kind of collective psychology of San Franciscans," Craig Scott, a founding partner of IwamotoScott, says of the three sites. "You see those structures from a long distance on the freeways or on the hilltops," he explains. "They have this kind of status--at least visually--as landmarks along the eastern side of the city."Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Laura Braun
When I wrote my recent feature Test I ignored the usual advice about screenwriting structure. It was a leap of faith and an experiment in not knowing. Compared to earlier writing experiences (a co-written first feature, The New Twenty, and two other scripts that didn’t get made), the process may have been difficult, but it felt right. In addition to letting myself not know the story until after it was written, I also ignored standard industry orthodoxy about keeping description to a minimum. I wanted a movie with long sequences that had no dialogue, that depended on image and sound.Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Jim Norrena
MFA Program in Writing faculty member and interim chair Gloria Frym will be interviewed Sunday, September 21, on Poet as Radio, an online show aired weekly on KUSF (90.3 FM) San Francisco community radio.
Frym will discuss her forthcoming book, The True Patriot (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), for an hour beginning at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time).
Poet as Radio features the voice of local and national writers. View the archive of podcasts »Read the rest