Fine Arts News

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Allison Byers

Attending the MFA show at one of the Bay Area's large art schools is like getting bludgeoned by art. After about a half-dozen presentations I am full, my critical faculties have been short-circuited and I have been forced into submission. Think about it, at any given group show, you might see one or two pieces from (at the most) twenty artists. Or on any Art Murmur or First Thursday outing, you might visit five or ten solo shows.

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Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Allison Byers

A recent graduate of California College of the Arts, Toyin Odutola is already celebrating her second show at Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC. The energetic artist produces ink works on paper from her studio in Alabama, updating friends and fans through an active blog. At 27 years old, Odutola is unabashed of her millennial status, exclaiming of her self-portraits as she walks through the gallery, "There are a lot of selfies—let's just call it out!" But behind the humor, there is a seriousness.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

Gregory HURCOMB: This interdisciplinary studio looked to examine the nature of surfaces, color, light and space through the
instigation and eventual transformation of California College of the Art’s main nave space. By utilizing different
digitally and analogue driven techniques such as scripting, collage, physical modeling, photography, rendering, and
drawing, the studio sought to explore the interstices between interior design, installation, art, and architecture.

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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.

Photography by Andria Lo

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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.

Photography by Andria Lo

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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.

Photography by Andria Lo

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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.

Photography by Andria Lo

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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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