Fine Arts News

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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Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 by

"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.

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.

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 by Allison Byers

His life and art have been rooted in Bay Area lower-middle-class life. "I've been wallowing in the Americanness of it all," he said, "so familiar that I know it from inside."

Proficient at drawing from an early age, he entered California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in 1950, intent on studying graphic arts and advertising design.

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Amber Stucke's (MFA 2011) recent works all depict ambiguously biological organisms. Her drawings look like diagrams from 19th-century science books, at once familiar and alien. They are inspired by symbiosis, both as a natural phenomenon and as a metaphor for human relations. "They show imaginary organic forms. The forms have their relationships with each other, and I have a relationship with them."

Imaginary as they may be, Stucke's forms are based on local algae, fungus, moss, and lichen specimens she finds on her frequent trips to the Bay Area's forests and beaches. What she draws are her personal interpretations of these finds. "I'm translating from my own body. I'm more interested in looking at the interactions than doing a strict illustration."

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by Jim Norrena

Rob Fatal's "La Bamba 2" premieres April 13 at the Victoria Theatre

Fewer than six months ago we reported alumnus Rob Fatal (MFA 2012) had completed his first feature film, La Bamba 2: Hell Is a Drag, which came to fruition as his Graduate Program in Fine Arts thesis. (Look for the CCA all-star crew listed in the credits!)

Fatal was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Berkeley FILM Foundation, which was instrumental in finishing post-production on the film.

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 by Allison Byers

The NYU-educated photographer, who recently moved to San Francisco to pursue her MFA in Photography and MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts, has been walking behind those ancient walls for over a year now, with just her Mamiya RB67 medium-format film camera in hand.

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Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by Allison Byers

Eric Gottesman will speak on April 3, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Ralls Painting Studio at the California College of the Arts Oakland campus.

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Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Allison Byers

A product is being developed out of the Forest Products Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin collaborating with artist Christine Lee and US Department of Agriculture's John F. Hunt. The product in process is a MDF alternative using no resins and a combination of biodegradable and recycled materials such as used cardboard, cow manure and sawdust.