Fine Arts News

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 by Rachel Walther

Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010) maintains quite the hectic travel schedule. This fall she made a trip to Bergen, Norway, to participate in the Kunstindustrimuseum's Material Information exhibition, and afterward she headed to the 9th Shanghai Biennial as a participant in the San Francisco pavilion. She's exhibited work and created site-specific installations throughout the United States and eight other countries; right now you can see one of her works, The fall without the fruit, at the CCA Wattis Institute's When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes exhibition, on view through December 1, 2012.

Abdalian's work has evolved dramatically since her years as an undergraduate at Tulane University, where she focused on painting and printmaking. While at CCA she developed an entirely new way of working that is sculptural, and profoundly site specific. A new piece doesn't begin until she researches the place where it will be located. Visually and historically, her installations engage in dialogue with their viewers and -- ideally -- disrupt their typical interaction with a particular place.

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Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 by Rachel Walther

Natasha Wheat (MFA 2011) won't let you appreciate her work sitting down. The audience is always required to engage socially in order to fully appreciate it. Wheat's installations and performances are constructed environments that examine the power dynamics inherent in modern society.

You may know Wheat from her contributions to CCA's 2011 Bean-In, an all-day event that involved free bean-based meals, lectures, and conversations centered on the idea of agriculture-as-resistance. She's one of the featured artists in the CCA Wattis Institute's fall show When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, open now through December 1.

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Posted on Monday, October 8, 2012 by Clay Walsh

First place: "Making a 16-foot-Long Book," by Jocelyn Chang, Graphic Design

Congratulations to all the student finalists in CCA’s third annual R.A.W. Photo (real artists @ work) contest, which featured the theme “I Belong at CCA.”

Contestants were challenged to submit images that depict a project, moment, mood, or other quality of CCA life taken from a student perspective. As expected, the results were as varying as the students themselves!

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Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 by Allison Byers

The Root 100 ranks black influencers and achievers.

Hank Willis Thomas is a contemporary visual artist and photographer whose work tackles themes of racial identity and pop culture.

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Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Allison Byers

When museum curator Nicholas Bell was putting together the show Craft Futures: 40 Under 40 at the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery, he realized the artists had something in common besides their under-40 status. Because of their youth, he felt that each of them could be classified as "post 9/11" artists.

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Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012 by Allison Byers

Fashion Affirmation Exercise

  1. Repeat out loud: “I am willing to step outside of my comfort zone and take sartorial risks.”

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Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2012 by Allison Byers

Barclay Simpson, President Stephen Beal, Sharon Simpson

"We’re All Here Because We’re Not All There”

September 27 through October 27

This year CCA celebrates 25 years of the Barclay Simpson Award -- a social and historical record of the past quarter of a century -- with a special retrospective exhibition, We’re All Here Because We’re Not All There, and an accompanying catalogue that features works by select recipients.

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Posted on Friday, September 7, 2012 by Allison Byers

One of our favorite artists we cover, SF-based Jason Jägel (featured in the January 2010 issue), will be showing at one of our favorite SF spots, Needles & Pens, starting on Friday, September 7. The Castle features a new series of paintings and drawings. And if we are lucky, Jason will give us a new mix for our morning commute. "Love Junky" express.

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Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Allison Byers

Ranu Mukherjee was standing in front of a big video screen at the San Jose Museum of Art the other morning, enjoying the images that floated and morphed across "Nearing and Viewing (Production Through Encounter)," a lovely six-minute loop she made earlier this year.

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Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Allison Byers

People often stop to stare at the American flag displayed in the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York City. With its vibrant red, white and blue circles, the flag itself is a showstopper, but it isn’t until onlookers step closer that they discover the stars and stripe were created using 1,443 birth control pills.

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