Fine Arts News

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016 by Laura Braun

Barbara Kasten (born 1936, Chicago; lives and works in Chicago) trained as a painter and textile artist, receiving her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1970. There she studied with pioneering fiber artist Trude Guermonprez, a former teacher at Black Mountain College and associate of Anni Albers. In 1971, Kasten received a Fulbright to travel to Poznan, Poland, to work with noted sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 by Deborah Valoma

Tali Weinberg, California Drought Portrait (1895–2014), 2015

The CCA Textiles Program was pleased to host Tali Weinberg as the 2015–16 Lia Cook Jacquard Artist in Residence.

As a part of her residency in October 2015, Weinberg worked in the CCA Textiles Studios on the TC-1 jacquard loom, publicly lectured on her work, and participated in critique in Josh Faught's Zeros and Ones digital weaving course.

Her work was exhibited as a part of the Textiles Program's 12th annual exhibition #CCATEXTSTYLING in January 2016.

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 by Benjamin Austin

Kellyn Borst demonstrates the use of the Leap Motion sensor in her game prototype

Gaming is storytelling. From a design perspective, a good game presents a world that is both accessible and fantastic; at its center are good characters.

The cross-disciplinary educational opportunities for gaming at CCA combine the latest tech with back-to-basics instruction on character development and world building, with the goal of training designers to create a fully immersive experience for the player. From this simple model, infinite variation emerges.

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Laura Braun

As if their spacious location at the corner of Leavenworth and Ellis Streets wasn’t enough, Jessica Silverman Gallery went for an additional project space across the street. JSG South opens with a mini retrospective of Bay Area artist Tammy Rae Carland, beginning with an arresting self-portrait as a blood-soaked “Carrie” and ending with cast-bronze banana peels. The tall and narrow new space very much resembles the old Silverman Gallery location on Sutter Street, an intimate venue a little less intimidating than the buzz-to-enter vibes you experience nowadays.

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Laura Braun

Robert Bechtle, 84: A truly made-in-the-Bay-Area artist, Potrero Hill dweller Bechtle, who was born in San Francisco and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Oakland’s California College of Arts and Crafts, has made the Bay Area and the people and things around him a life’s work with his photorealistic paintings depicting everyday life.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Laura Braun

Since, Carland (who is now the provost of the California College of the Arts) has taken up many projects and aesthetics, from her late-Nineties series of self portraits in which she performed identities inspired by her parents, to her 2013 “discograms,” which monochromatically captured the ecstatic reflections off a disco ball on large, photosensitive paper. 

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Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

If you visited the second floor galleries of the Asian Art Museum in the months since last November, you may have noticed an interruption in the collection.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Braun

Born in Los Angeles, Unity was raised in both LA and Sacramento, CA. By the age of 3, a young Unity was learning to draw, paint and sculpt. For college, Unity moved to Oakland to attend California College of the Arts (CCA). His passion for art is no surprise. Unity’s grandmother is Dr. Samella Lewis, artist and author of the history making Black Artists on Art book series from the 1960s. In 2015, Unity helped continue with his grandmothers series with The Legacy Exhibit which celebrated the 46th anniversary of the book and featured current African-American artists.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Jim Norrena

Tammy Rae Carland, "I'm Dying Up Here Double Spot" (2013)

CCA Provost Tammy Rae Carland is currently featured at the Jessica Silverman Gallery South through June 18 in an exhibition of her work. The South gallery is a small, temporary project space located across the street from the main gallery at 488 Ellis Street in San Francisco.

Carland's mini-retrospective of her work (photography, sculpture, etc.) made between 1996 and 2013 opened the new space on May 12. (Note: Guests must first visit the main gallery for access to the South when visiting.)

“The relatively consistent thread in all of my work,” says Carland, “is an interest in personal and political disappearance and the desire to re-perform marginal histories and bodies.” Carland is influenced by Roland Barthes’s assertion that photography as a practice is born out of the theater as much as its siblings in the visual arts.

Carland interrogates the act of appropriation, treating the original as if it were a script that can be re-performed much like a play.

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Laura Kenney

Editor's note: FACULTY SPOTLIGHT is an editorial series that showcases CCA's wide range of professional faculty members.

Ranu Mukherjee has been a member of the MFA Fine Arts faculty since 2004 and now also teaches in the MA in Social Practice & Public Forms program. She has a thriving art practice; her work has been exhibited and screened in major cities throughout the world and is included in private collections as well as collections of the San Jose Museum of Art and the Kadist Foundation.

The last of Mukherjee’s three-part, yearlong solo exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Extracted, is on view until August 14. Commissioned for the museum’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition draws inspiration from California’s Gold Rush, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the ancient text The Classic of Mountain and Seas, and the museum’s own collection.