Fine Arts News

Posted on Monday, June 10, 2013 by Allison Byers

Social practice is a relatively new term for art that puts less emphasis on objects made for individual contemplation and more energy into projects involving participation, activism or community organizing. Of course, plenty of artists were making art like this before critics and scholars christened it “social practice.” One such artist is Allison Smith, whose exhibition “Allison Smith: Rudiments of Fife and Drum” combines elements of craft, performance and participation and is currently on view at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Star 82 Review issue 1
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
Paperback, 44 pages, $9.95

Printmaking faculty member Alisa Golden has started an online and print-on-demand art and literary publication called Star 82 Review. The inaugural issue includes poems by two CCA faculty members, Stephen Ajay and Hugh Behm-Steinberg, as well as pieces from alumni Leonard Crosby (MFA Writing 2012), Lisa Kokin (BFA 1989, MFA 1994), and Rachel Smith (Illustration 2010).

Golden says: "In this issue, memory shimmers and vision lights up. Conflicts arise and are met. Words dance and talk and sing through childhood and beyond. We have objects of wonder that are pivots for the works: ruler, pineapple. baseball, pencil sharpener, knife, scarecrow, wallpaper, half of a twenty dollar bill, and more. The categories included are: flash, postcard lit, art post images, and erasure texts.

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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.

Watch Part I on YouTube »
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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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