Painting Drawing News

Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Allison Byers

Mary Meyer was once a painter whose sartorial ambitions exceeded her wallet’s limitations. Thus, she began making clothes that she wanted to wear. And people just started buying it off of her. She’s still a painter. As a graduate of California College of Arts & Crafts, her fine arts skills take the place of the a design background.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Watching their Carnaval float moving down Mission Street as part of San Francisco's massive annual parade, laden with dancers from the Brazilian troupe Sambaxé, accompanied by the vibrant beats of the Brazilian musical group Blocura and the powerful moves of the Brazilian ABADA Capoeira troupe, TV cameras rolling, people cheering from the sidewalks and the rooftops high above. . . It was a triumphant moment for CCA faculty member Sandra Vivanco and the 15 students in her Body and Spectacle course.

The Carnaval parade was the culmination of a semester of hard work and intensive collaboration -- not only among the CCA students, but also in coordination with a group of high school students enrolled in the Out of Site Youth Arts Center, the city of San Francisco, experts in construction and transportation, and beyond. The CCA course was offered under the auspices of Diversity Studies and attracted a correspondingly wide-ranging bunch, from Architecture and Interior Design to Graphic Design, Illustration, Fashion Design, and Painting/Drawing.

The students designed not only the Carnaval float structure, but also the costumes and props that made its appearance in the parade a real performance rather than just a potential site for one. They had done as much work as they could in the CCA shops, and then transported the pieces to Pier 40, where the city graciously donated space for final assembly.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

The Art of Stanley Grosse
Blurb, 2012
Hardcover/paperback, 200 pages, $70/$60

Stanley Grosse (1956 alumnus) and photographer/designer Bob Will (also an alum from the 1950s) created this biography featuring Grosse's life and work. It features 550 photographs and extensive comments by friends and former students. There is also a second version available that excludes the comments (160 pages, 469 photographs, $63 hardcover / $49 paperback).

Grosse says: "Bob Will flew to Maui to meet me. He's now 70 years old. He went away with interviews, hundreds of photos, and a secret desire to do his first book. We Skyped and shared screens, allowing us to have a dialogue while the book was in progress. I furnished him with stacks of CDs with archival photos of my travels, my art over the last 50 years, my master's project completed in Mexico in the early 1960s , discussions of my work, and much more, right up to the present day. A labor of love, but a dream come true of a proper biography.

"Those of us graduating back in those '50s days are getting more rare. Just losing too many old friends. But those of us remaining are dedicated to continuing our craft and have a deep regard for our CCAC. I'm in a wheelchair now but I still feel like when I graduated back in 1956. At least my brain thinks so. I recently finished 200 paintings on envelopes using a variety of materials: watercolor, acrylics, ink stains, transparent overlays, and collage. Since becoming wheelchair-bound, it's the first time in my life that I've dedicated time to doing small pieces. What fun. My electric go-go scooter allows me to get around to photograph and make visual comments about my surroundings.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Jim Norrena

Dave Muller and Lana Porcello with Leithian on Muller's lap [photo: Chris Orwig]

Fine artist and restaurateur David Muller (Painting/Drawing 2004) credits CCA with building his confidence in the unknown and broadening his perspective of how to approach art as a lifestyle, rather than a career or project.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Jim Norrena

CCA's Painting/Drawing Program recently caught up with Alison Blickle, a member of the 2005 graduating class, and asked her a few questions about life after CCA. The following interview captures her responses:

How has your CCA education influenced your career accomplishments?

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Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 by Allison Byers

Some great new illustration and painting work from Berkeley, CA based artist Deth P Sun from his recent show at Domy Books in Houston, TX- which just came down on April 26th!! Deth is originally I'm from San Diego, California, he studied for two years at San Francisco State University, until he transferred to the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he received his BFA in 2002 in Painting and Drawing.

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Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

Little Paper Planes: 20 Artists Reinvent the Childhood Classic
Chronicle Books, 2012
Paperback, 84 pages, $19.95

Kelly Lynn Jones (MFA 2010, Painting/Drawing 2002), owner of the online artist store Little Paper Planes (which carries work by many CCA artists!), has created this awesome celebration of a timeless pastime. The book offers constructible paper airplanes and a few other airplane-inspired crafts, taking the paper plane to a whole new level, from paper-doll planes and shark planes to plane mobiles and mix-and-match gliders. Featuring work by rising stars and indie darlings as Gemma Correll, Michael Hsiung, Julia Rothman, Alyson Fox, and Lisa Congdon. Printed on perforated pages for easy removal and assembly, the planes are accompanied by instructions, artist interviews, and loads of visuals.

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Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Mitchell Schwarzer

Mitchell Schwarzer gives his introduction at the CCA faculty retreat

On February 4, 2012, the faculty at California College of the Arts gathered at the college's San Francisco campus for a retreat focused on the state of the arts across our many disciplines. In the morning, 25 short presentations offered insights into challenges and opportunities faced by practitioners and thinkers in recent times. The word aired most frequently was crisis: the crisis of the Great Recession; the crisis of Global Climate Change; the crisis of understanding and working within a discipline in our digital age.

Watch the video of all the presentations (91 minutes), shot and edited by Yoni Klein (Photography 2012)

The economic downturn has produced an economic squeeze within most of our disciplines. Art directors, as Alexis Mahrus remarks, have diminished roles in shaping an illustration. Smaller profit margins reduce the flexibility and time given over to experimentation. Branding and celebrity worship take up a larger slice of the creative pie. Some presenters, like Sue Redding of Industrial Design, see no problem in this conflation of art and business and, furthermore, dispute the notion of a crisis. Yet many presenters feel that the economic crisis is not only real but wielding dangerously asymmetrical impacts. Demand remains strong for high-end craft goods and blue-chip fine art. Some small nonprofits are struggling to survive. To Ignacio Valero of Critical Studies, the priority given over to luxury items can be attributed to the ongoing influence of classical economic policies that privilege individual decision making over collective social and natural needs. Likewise, Sandra Vivanco of Diversity Studies notes that economic inequalities have greatly worsened over the past few years, especially in the developing world. Contemporary society is forging a timeless, spaceless way of conducting business, a race for lucrative and short-term gains that concentrates investment more than ever in the hands of a few.

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Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2012 by Allison Byers

Some materials have a way of not only resisting efforts to manipulate them but also almost battling back.

That seemed the case when, not long ago, S.F. artist Jonathan Runcio was attempting to work with one of the ungainly, rough chunks of concrete that he screenprints with collages of buildings. While he was printing one raw slab on a dolly, it shifted and his leg was pinned. Fortunately, before a scenario akin to an art-world "127 Hours" ensued, a friend freed him.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by Lindsey Westbrook

5 Cities / 41 Artists / Artadia 08/09
Artadia, 2011
Paperback, 168 pages, $40

This full-color publication features more than 140 artworks and comments by Artadia Awardees 2009 Atlanta, 2009 Boston, 2008 Chicago, 2008 Houston, and 2009 San Francisco. It includes biographies of the 41 artists and essays by foremost curators and thinkers in Artadia's program cities, including guest editor Franklin Sirmans (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Andrea Barnwell Brownlee (Spelman College of Fine Art, Atlanta), René de Guzman (Oakland Museum of California), Jen Mergel (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Stephanie Smith (Smart Museum of Art, Chicago), and Michelle White (The Menil Collection, Houston). CCA affiliates featured include James Gobel (Painting/Drawing and Fine Arts faculty), Allison Smith (Sculpture chair), Leslie Shows (MFA 2006), Weston Teruya (Painting/Drawing 2006), and Moses Nornberg (student).

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