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Posted on Monday, May 6, 2013 by Allison Byers

Artists and moderators gather for CCA's Painting Expanded Symposium

April 13, 2013, was an especially beautiful Saturday in San Francisco, but more than 100 CCA students, faculty, and members of the public shunned the sunshine to pack CCA’s Timken Lecture Hall for the Painting Expanded symposium, an engaging and inspiring series of discussions about contemporary painting.

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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Bruno Fazzolari (Fine Arts faculty)

I have had my studio in this building, a Victorian in the Mission District of San Francisco, for nearly 20 years. My working area is spread across three rooms of the domestic space.

The smallness of the rooms limits my work to a human scale, something that is important to me. I've always been intrigued by photographs of early Modernist painters working in apartments or sitting rooms cluttered with rugs, doilies, and decorative china.

Abstract painting is a sort of mash-up of the decorative and the sublime, the ordinary and the numinous. Lately I've been formulating perfumes to include with paintings. Perfume is another kind of abstraction. The perfumes are inspired by Blinky Palermo's wall drawings, which were mash-ups of decoration, abstraction, architecture, and being.

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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Linda Geary
(Painting/Drawing chair)

My studio is in West Oakland (a few doors down from Zarouhie Abdalian’s). I keep a designated area for my works on paper, collages, and color archive, and the rest of the space is for using oil paint.

The view faces east toward larger loft spaces across the street, along with a few residential rooftops and the Oakland hills beyond. Late in the day, the windows across the street function like a giant mirror or clock that reflects the light, weather, and the sunset.

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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010)

My West Oakland studio is in a bright, sunlit space that I share with five other artists. I've been in this studio since graduating from CCA. Most of my artworks happen at sites, so I use the studio space to do research and test materials.

A large drafting table is the most important component. I've used it for the last decade, and before that, it belonged to my great-great-uncle Sebou Shields, who ran a machine and metal fabrication shop. I like to keep my workspace open and walls empty, but I allow my drafting table to be in a state of flux.

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Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Allison Smith (Sculpture chair)

My studio is located in a storefront in downtown Oakland, near project spaces such as Creative Growth and Rock Paper Scissors Collective that combine forms of making, presentation, and exchange. It is conceived as a general store that houses my ongoing project SMITHS, in which I invite various makers to conduct hands-on workshops.

It is also my studio space, office, archive, library, and home. I'm interested in the idea of a general store as a contact zone or space of intimate public exchange that is both material and intellectual. The studio holds my materials, research, remnants of past projects, and works in progress.

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Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 by Allison Byers

Todd Hido is not your average photographer. The art photos he does have a life of their own. Hido uses his still camera like a movie camera but he only keeps the one scene that defines the entire “movie”. His work is a reflection of the lost “American Dream” that left with the 50’s with an emphasis on the alienation and fracturing of suburban America. His is the stuff of noir films and pulp fiction.

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Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Allison Byers

ust as with the first album, visual art is a major component of the story. At SOMArts, the duo will perform behind a screen of videos created by Córdova, who works as the studio manager for photographer Richard Misrach and has an MFA from California College of the Arts (CCA). The disorienting, disturbing projections include a live fish being sliced open with a knife, a recurring image of a solar eclipse, and vintage television clips of variety shows.

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Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Allison Byers

Ms. Morgan, who has an M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, and who teaches drawing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, baked all 47 recipes to open the show last month.

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"Three hours of sitting in a chair and kissing my girlfriend seemed like an amusing thing to get paid for," muses Susannah Magers (MA Curatorial Practice 2011), reminiscing about the work-study position that she’ll probably always remember as one of the oddest jobs of her career.

Between 2007 and 2012, Magers and dozens of other CCA undergrad and grad students got paid by the college to serve as interpreters of artworks by the contemporary art phenom Tino Sehgal. The Sehgal artworks were presented one at a time, continuously over those six years, at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, in conjunction with its regular exhibition programming. The participating students all had to audition, and then, if selected, went through a rigorous training and worked many hours a week for the 12-week duration of the piece.

Often the works called for interactions with gallery visitors that were deliberately disjunctive -- somewhere between pranksterism and institutional critique -- and surprising to many attendees, who showed up expecting a nice, sedate gallery experience rather than some kind of live intervention.

For some of the students it was a thrilling brush with fame in the form of an international art star. For others it was just another (albeit pretty out-there) work-study gig. A few finished their first day in tears. And many came away from the experience with their own artistic or curatorial practice forever changed.

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Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

California College of the Arts will present its 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 25, 2013 (open daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.), with an opening reception on May 16 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The exhibition features works by 75 artists graduating this spring from CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts. It unfolds throughout CCA’s San Francisco campus, giving visitors an opportunity to tour most of the college.

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