Painting Drawing News

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Kevin Clarke in Macarthur B Arthur (art by Ben Carder and Rachel Kaye)

"When I was at CCA," says Kevin Clarke (Painting/Drawing 2005), "I'd be walking past the woodshop and people would be standing around a table engaged in a very physical, material problem, trying to figure out how to put a piece together. But then there was always interesting conceptual stuff going on, too. The work coming out of the Furniture Program combined craft and narrative in a way I related to."

Today, Clarke has achieved a true melding of CCA's "theory and practice" mantra, maintaining a woodshop in Alameda where he makes custom furniture, painting in his studio, and running the Oakland gallery MacArthur B Arthur.

Clarke made his first foray into the Bay Area arts community in 2003, when he set up Million Fishes Arts Collective midway through his CCA years. This Mission District-based organization continues to provide creative space and other opportunities to local artists. His CCA experience was invaluable in giving him confidence and connections. "Donald Fortescue, then chair of Furniture, was a mentor throughout. I still see and talk to him. Dee Hibbert-Jones, one of my first professors, inspired me to work outside the canonical medium of painting and be more experimental. I wanted more of a community, a 'soup' environment that would allow me to draw on the expertise of others. Jordan Kantor was instrumental in making me think about making. He helped me read texts, and had great recommendations on what to read after CCA."

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Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 by Simon Hodgson

Jay Nelson, "The Golden Gate" (Electric Camper Car), 2009 (photo by Jack Halloway)

On Tuesday, April 19, a Google Street View car was spotted in the Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. If the crew was lucky, it might have glimpsed San Francisco's most unique vehicle, an old, white hatchback that looks like a snail.

The Honda CRX with the distinctive wooden shell on the back belongs to Jay Nelson (Painting/Drawing 2004), artist and surfer. "I got the car for 200 bucks," he says. "I wanted to create a multifunctional work vehicle/camper. It became a kind of accidental artwork. Vehicles have no boundaries, so they can reach out and create an audience instead of needing the audience to come to them. When you build a house on the back of a car, everyone has an opinion about it, and it becomes a starting point for conversation." The vehicle (along with its owner) was featured on the cover of ReadyMade magazine earlier this year.

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Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Laeh Glenn, "High Low," 2008

We invite you to learn more about the following alumni of CCA's Painting/Drawing Program by visiting their websites to review their current work, see what projects or events are coming up, read about past accomplishments, and learn how CCA shaped their vision as artists.

Graduates leave CCA with the ability to realize their most adventurous ideas and the motivation to make a positive impact on the world -- ready to succeed in studio practice, the professional workplace, or a top-tier graduate program.

Undergraduate Alumni (BFA)

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Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Last month the humanities and sciences division at California College of the Arts presented Water Works, an exhibition on the Oakland campus that showcased collaborative and independent student projects that featured water as the running theme.

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Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011 by Chris Bliss

Dennis Oppenheim and installation in Ventura, CAView slideshow 

Prominent CCA alumnus Dennis Oppenheim (Painting 1965) died of liver cancer on January 22. He was 72. A pioneer of Land art, conceptual art, performance art, and video in the 1960s and 1970s, Oppenheim moved fluidly throughout his career from the macrocosm of the landscape to the microcosm of the body.

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Posted on Friday, December 17, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Twill Series (Black Cherry/Amethyst/Fire Red), 2007View slideshow 

Last night the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced the recipients of the 2010 SECA Art Award. CCA alumna Ruth Laskey (Painting/Drawing 1999, MFA 2005) was among the four winners.

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Posted on Friday, November 5, 2010 by Sarah Owens

Several members from CCA’s community are engaging themselves in OPENwater, a two-day event scheduled for November 13–14 that celebrates the collaboration between SFMOMA and the artists, chefs, and educators who comprise OPENrestaurant—a self-described “collective of restaurant professionals who sought to move their environment to an art space as a way to experiment with the language of their daily activities.”

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Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 by Lindsey Westbrook

Brion Nuda Rosch
Little Paper Planes, 2010
Paperback, 90 pages, $24

Kelly Lynn Jones (MFA 2010, Painting/Drawing 2002), owner of the online artist store Little Paper Planes (which carries work by many CCA artists!), offers this survey of the San Francisco artist Brion Nuda Rosch as her first publishing venture. Foreword by Zachary Royer Scholz (MFA 2006, MA Visual and Critical Studies 2009).

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Posted on Monday, October 25, 2010 by Jim Norrena

Graduate Program in Design student Jesse Geller's Home Street Home earned highest honors in CCA's R.A.W. Video student contest. Want to cast your own vote? Details about CCA's first-ever R.A.W. Video Audience Award coming soon!

R.A.W. Video Contest Winners Announced

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Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 by Jim Norrena

CCA alum Jules de Balincourt (BFA Painting and Ceramics 1998) critiques a student’s work [photo: Bob Adler]

CCA alum and visiting artist Jules de Balincourt's (BFA Painting and Ceramics 1998) market value is fast approaching the half-million-dollar mark per painting, as reported last week by the Wall Street Journal.

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