Fine Arts News

Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Laura Braun

Clegg's novel, which Kosztolnyik acquired, is about a group of characters in the aftermath of a tragedy. For the book, which follows two Clegg memoirs, Ninety Days and Portrait of an Addict, Scout is sending Clegg on tour (to 10 cities) as well as to make appearances at ABA Winter Institute and BEA. Ware's novel, which Callahan bought, is about a crime writer who wakes up in the hospital after attending a bachelorette party in the English countryside.

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Posted on Monday, February 9, 2015 by Benjamin Austin

Thor (Þorfinnur) Guðnason and Lynn Kirby

In 1985 documentary filmmaker Thor (Þorfinnur) Guðnason (BFA Film/Video 1988) was just starting his career, a journey that has led him to great success, when he graduated from CCA.

Since then he has made award-winning documentaries with worldwide distribution (National Geographic, TBS, ARTE, ZDF, NRK, TVP, Discovery Europe, etc.).

And like most young artists, Guðnason had many interests when he began his career, but it wasn’t until inspiration struck that he was able to pursue his passion in earnest.

Inspired by Filmmaking

“When I saw David Lynch's film Eraserhead, something struck a nerve in me,” says Guðnason. “I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life: make films and tell stories.”

This revelation brought clarity of purpose, but realizing intent is only part of the process of becoming; actualization requires sacrifice.

For Guðnason it required leaving his Icelandic home, where no film programs existed, in search of cinematic opportunities abroad.

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Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015 by Laura Braun

Vanessa Marsh was born Seattle, Washington, in 1978. She earned her BA from Western Washington University in 2001 followed by her MFA in 2004 from California College of the Arts. Marsh has exhibited across the United States, including at the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at UC Davis, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; Foley Gallery in New York and The Camera Club of New York.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by Laura Braun

As design visualization software becomes more ubiquitous and easier to use, the novelty of digital form for the sake of digital form is wearing off. These exponentially evolving conception and fabrication techniques can now be applied to existing design problems that do not traditionally involve digital technologies bring a fresh perspective to an established craft.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Painting/Drawing faculty members Terri Friedman and Victoria Wagner will have their work featured in the international exhibition A Special Curatorial Project with Rirkrit Tiravanija: The Way Things Go in the Museum of Gourd at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 by Jim Norrena

Jaydan Moore, "Specimens" (2013), found materials

More than a century old, CCA's Jewelry / Metal Arts Program continues to produce award-winning fine artists, as evidenced by Jaydan Moore's (BFA 2008) recent American Craft Council (ACC) Emerging Voices Award.

This is the first ACC award to recognize emerging talent among scholars, curators, and critics. In addition to cash prizes, winners will also be promoted in the June/July issue of American Craft magazine.

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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by Laura Braun

Ito tries to remove as much of himself from the process as possible, aside from an approval procedure; and because of his assistants’ distinct abilities, the studio creates works that vary greatly in technique.

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Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 by Em Meine

Tome of Silenced Men

Sculpture senior Cesali Scarola has work included in RESPOND, an exhibition at Smack Mellon Gallery in Brooklyn, NY of work that responds to issues of racism and police brutality in the wake of the Eric Garner case. The exhibition opened on January 17th and runs through February 22, 2015.

From Smack Mellon's press release:

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Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Em Meine

February 17 - April 12, 2015
Opening reception February 19th, 6 - 8pm

Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

CCA Sculpture faculty Clay Jensen and Linda Fleming, former Sculpture faculty Bella Feldman, and Yoshitomo Saito (MFA '87) are showing new works in an upcoming exhibition at the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts.

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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2015 by Laura Braun

In early December at Art Basel Miami Beach, rappers seemed to outnumber artists at times. Andre 3000 presented an exhibition of the 47 sloganized jumpsuits he wore on the Outkast Reunion Tour. P Diddy was on the lookout for his very own Picasso, 2 Chainz turned up to party with designer Jon Buscemi and producer Swizz Beatz curated an exhibition for international art group SCOPE. Meanwhile A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown and OG Maco were pulling in large crowds from the graffiti-filled streets of the Wynwood neighborhood.

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