“Did you know a ballpoint pen could do that? Did you know that someone could have the patience, discipline, and skill to do that?” asks artist Hank Willis Thomas, who met Odutola after a 2010 lecture he gave at the California College of the Arts, where she was then in her first year as a graduate student. “She asked me to do a studio visit. I’d done 20 in two days, so I was like, ‘Heck no!’ But I don’t like saying no, so I stopped by her studio, wrote my info on the wall, and did my best to make it up to her.”
Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 by Deborah Valoma
Mariano Sosa Martinez and Rafaela Ruiz Guetierrez demonstrate at the Textile Futures public demonstration at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum. Photo by Sita Bhaumik
CCA's Textiles Program hosted two respected members of the artist collective Centro de Arte Textil Zapoteco Bii Dauu -- Mariano Sosa Martinez and Rafaela Ruiz Gutierrez -- for its 2014 biennial event, Textile Futures 2014: Conversations Around the Dye Pot.
Textiles Futures promotes cross-cultural and cross-generational dialog geared toward locating and expanding the rhetoric around textile sensibilities and practices.
This year the CCA Textiles Program collaborated with artist and curator David Wilson with his ongoing project The Possible at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum.
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Laura Braun
3D printing might be an obvious method for fashion designers to embrace, but technologies from all different fields are inspiring designers to rethink the way they see and do things. Take Sensoree's Mood Sweater — it uses sensors to detect a certain kind of sweat in the palms of your hands that varies depending on your emotional state, and then translates it into multicolored light emitted by LEDs. Kristin Neidlinger created the sweater for her MFA design research at the California College of the Arts, but mainly as a practical device.
Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Allison Byers
Team members Kristina Kotlier (MArch 2013) (left) and Raine Paulson Andrews (MArch 2014) (right) with a STAND UP supporter
Robert Gomez (MFA and MA Visual and Critical Studies 2013), Raine Paulson Andrews (MArch 2014), and Kristina Kotlier (MArch 2013) were indeed one of three teams who won the award for summer 2013, and the project they carried out, STAND UP with Jamaica, was a major turning point for all of them.
Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Simon Hodgson
Filmmaker and CCA alumnus Banker White (MFA 1999) has traveled as far as West Africa in his journey to develop communities and tell stories. But his latest work originated rather closer to home. In his documentary The Genius of Marian, due for theatrical release in April 2014, he follows his mother, Pam, as she deals with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
“In 2008, seven years after my grandmother passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s, my mom, Pam, announced that she was going to write a book about her. Marian Williams Steele was her mother and my grandmother. She was a well-known artist. I painted with her my whole childhood.
“As her only grandkid who identifies as an artist, I knew immediately that I was going to be involved. So I started going back home to Massachusetts twice a year to help my mom with the book and to archive Mana’s paintings.”
But what began as a collaborative mother-son book-writing project evolved into something very different, as Pam herself started to experience signs of dementia, and soon was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. “In 2009, I stayed at my parents’ house for three months, just to figure out what was going on,” says White. “It was clear that both my parents needed help. My mom was delusional and had periods of violence. I realized I needed to move home.”
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 by Rachel Walther
Meet ChuCha Santamaria: dancing siren, disco singer, and larger-than-life alter ego of CCA alumna Sofía Córdova (MFA 2010). Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Córdova has developed an artistic practice spanning sculpture and photography, installation, and video, but it is her music and performances as ChuCha Santamaria that have attracted the most attention.
In 2011, she and her husband, the musician and artist Matthew Kirkland, released their debut album ChuCha Santamaria Y Usted. (It was the central piece in an installation/performance cycle.) Reviewers were dazzled. “Fantastic, vital . . . imminently catchy,” wrote East Bay Express critic Ellen Cushing. “Singer/wordsmith Sofía Córdova sings in inglés, español, y Vocoder, carefully unfolding her melodies with stately restraint,” enthused PopMatters reviewer Josh Langhoff.
Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Laura Braun
Recognized as Pittsburgh Center for Arts' "Artist of the Year" in 1985, Qualters moved to California in 1956 on the G.I. Bill, enrolling in the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, where his mentors included renowned painters Nathan Oliveira and Richard Diebenkorn—founding members of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. In 1957, Diebenkorn invited Qualters to be in the inaugural Bay Area Figurative show.
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
Polaroids from Haiti
Nazraeli Press, 2014
Hardcover, 16 pages, $100
The photographs in Jim Goldberg (Photography faculty) contribution to Nazraeli Press’s One Picture Book series (this is number 84), Polaroids from Haiti, were taken during a week in March 2013. They depict Haitians dealing with their everyday struggles. Goldberg, who describes himself as a documentary storyteller, spent this time traveling throughout the country listening to and photographing Haitian life. The resulting images reflect the continuing challenges and undying spirit of this impoverished country, when the 2010 earthquake is still reverberating. The publication is limited to 500 numbered copies, each one with an original signed Polaroid by Goldberg.
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Dustin N. Smith
California College of the Arts is a featured partner for the 2014 Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation & Activism conference March 26-29.
Bridges will investigate the intersections between traditional and emerging technologies and how these tools are vehicles for creating meaningful and critical discourse around contemporary issues in printmaking.
The event includes dozens of Bay Area participating organizations such at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Kala Art Institute, 826 Valencia, Berkeley Art Museum, Crown Point Press, San Francisco Center for the Book, and many others.
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
Rich and Poor
Hardcover, 256 pages, $65
From 1977 to 1985, Jim Goldberg (Photography faculty) photographed the wealthy and the destitute of San Francisco, creating a visual document—a combination of text and photographs—that has since become a landmark work. In 1984 the series was exhibited alongside Robert Adams and Joel Sternfeld in the Three Americans exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and it was published the following year by Random House.
Out of print since 1985, Rich and Poor has been completely redesigned and expanded by the artist for Steidl. Available for the first time in hardcover, it now features a surplus of vintage material and contemporary photographs that have never been published or exhibited. The photographs constitute a shocking and gripping portrait of America in the 1970s and 1980s that remains just as relevant today.