Fine Arts News

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Allison Byers

Over the weekend of November 16-17, 2013, 24 CCA undergraduates participated in Wheel Well, a “design sprint” for bicycle safety in Silicon Valley.

Organized by Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s Roadway Safety Solutions Team, CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life, and CCA’s Design division, the event challenged students to rapidly conceive an intervention that would: 1) improve the relationship between motorists and cyclists in Silicon Valley; and 2) encourage behavior change to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.

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Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 by Allison Byers

Maybe the zombie paintings can also make a sort of meta-statement about art itself. “In grad school at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where I’m based now, my professors and I often debated whether painting could be considered a “zombie” medium," Pfau says, "with some art critics declaring it dead, while others saying that it has been brought back to life.”

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Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 by Rachel Walther

Wenxin Zhang, "Self portrait by the lake," 2012

Wenxin Zhang (MFA 2013) is always redefining her reality. In her writings and photography, she describes her experiences&mdash growing up in China, her current life in San Francisco, and her personal relationships—in a voice that is melancholy and surreal. Images of fall leaves in an industrial landscape are juxtaposed with a young boy’s glassy stare. A description of nocturnal wanderings illuminates the artist’s haunted sense of displacement wherever she goes.

Zhang has exhibited her work throughout the United States. Here she discusses her future projects and reflects on how her time at CCA has shaped her practice.

Since I was little, I was always longing to go to a faraway place—to be a stranger in a foreign country. I was unsatisfied with my hometown of Hefei. It’s a smaller, inland Chinese city. Young souls would leave for a bigger place after high school, and there was nothing new really going on. I felt so trapped by the place.

My father was a journalist for a local radio station. He traveled a lot and often took me with him. In 2004 he gave me a digital camera, and I used it every day. I would take photos and try to interpret my environment, to create a new little world with my camera in order to get away from the mundane. When I was in high school I would take bus trips with my best friend to the boundaries of our hometown—to the suburbs and the countryside. Student bus tickets are very cheap, so we would go the furthest distance we could by bus and take pictures of each other as our own story characters.

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Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

So don't miss this Thursday's "METAMORPHOSIS," when the talented artist/designers from the California College of the Arts transform the Academy (and possibly you) into something unexpected. Explore a multitude of industrial, interaction, illustration, fashion, furniture and graphic designers from CCA as they showcase an amazing, cutting-edge array of work, highlighting new technologies and innovative ideas that explore the concept of metamorphosis.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

2012 SECA Art Award: Zarouhie Abdalian, Josh Faught, Jonn Herschend, David Wilson
SFMOMA, 2013
Paperback, 40 pages, $9.95

Three of the four winners of the 2012 SECA Art Award are CCA affiliates: Zarouhie Abdalian (MFA 2010) is an alumna, Josh Faught is on the Textiles faculty, and Jonn Herschend is a former faculty member and visiting artist. The award, given every two years by SFMOMA, honors Bay Area artists.

This SECA exhibition catalogue features interviews and texts by the award curators Jenny Gheith and Tanya Zimbardo (MA Curatorial Practice 2005), documentation of the commissions, and illustrations of previous work.

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Posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Seven Essential Practices for the Professional Artist
Editions Fri, 2013
Paperback, 72 pages, $7.95

Many talented people give up on a creative career because they were taught the tools and skills of their craft but not how to actually live a fulfilling life as an artist. This book by CCA alumna Michele Théberge (MFA 2004) puts forth habits, practices, and mindsets crucial for artists to create and share their work while maintaining health and a sense of well-being. It contains practical advice about how to develop and sustain a creative practice while dealing with rejection and self-doubt, the importance of crafting a vision for one's work and setting specific goals for it, and cultivating a critical and supportive community.

Living and working in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, the artist and author Michele Théberge floundered her first few years out of art school. Her daily meditation practice taught her how to lead a productive and satisfying life as an artist by creating a solid inner foundation. She is known for the quiet, meditative quality of her drawings, paintings, and installations, which are constructed from delicate materials such as paper, paint, fabric, mylar, foil, and pins. Collected internationally, her work has been exhibited in New York, Osaka, Kyoto, London, Cologne, Chicago, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Miami, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 by Allison Byers

George Pfau is an artist intrigued by zombies. Since graduating with an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2010, Pfau has dedicated a large chunk of his professional life to the study of the undead. He's given numerous lectures on the subject across the country, and, as Boing Boing reports, most recently created Zombiescapes, a series of oil paintings that captures famous scenes from a number of classic horror movies and TV shows.

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Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 by Allison Byers

Lain Kay, is a cross disciplinary artist focused in the mystique of identity branding. Graduate of California College of the Arts with a BFA in painting and drawing, his senior work portrays multiples of himself acting out appropriated cliches within art history and nationalistic propaganda. Indicative of a tounge-and-cheek punk attitude; these aesthetics inform and modify more recent performance works.

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Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 by Allison Byers

In 2005, the California College of the Arts in San Francisco established the first of many MFA programs in social practice, prior to the founding of SPARC (Social Practice Arts Research Center) at the nearby University of California, Santa Cruz. Support also comes from foundations such as the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, nonprofit arts organizations such as Creative Time, and some museums, most notably the Queens Museum of Art, New York, which commissions projects by social practice artists who work with immigrants.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Allison Byers

Ms. Breger attended the Art Students League of New York, the San Francisco Art Institute and the California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA), where she earned a master's degree in fine arts and taught for 33 years before retiring in 1988.

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