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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 Thursday, October 24, 2013 by Matthew Harrison Tedford

Photographer Sean McFarland (MFA 2004) wasn't that kid who spent his youth in a darkroom, nor was he enrolled in art schools from an early age. "I actually didn't start making art until I was 21," he recalls. "And then, within six years, I'd graduated from CCA with my MFA."

Good thing he didn't miss his calling. Since then he's shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and he has won numerous national art prizes.

McFarland will be having a solo exhibition, Glass Mountains*, at Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco November 7 through December 21, 2013.*

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Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013 by Chris Bliss

Neeraj Bhatia is a new Architecture faculty memberView slideshow 

New Tenure-Track Faculty

Joining the Visual Studies Program is Makeda Best, who comes to CCA from the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the history of photography, with an emphasis on the nineteenth century.

Neeraj Bhatia is teaching in the Architecture Program. His work looks at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism, and he has previously taught at Rice University, Cornell University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo.

The Interaction Design Program welcomes Haakon Faste, who has worked for 15 years in the fields of visual art, interaction design, and virtual reality. Most recently he was on the faculty of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Visiting Faculty

Chris Treggiari is this year’s scholar in residence at the Center for Art and Public Life. Much of his work involves collaborations, often with local nonprofits, often with mobile stages that he brings to public events.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 by Allison Byers

Jim Goldberg is a Professor of Art at the California College of Arts and Crafts and a member of Magnum Photos. He has been exhibiting for over 30 years and his innovative use of image and text make him a landmark photographer of our times.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Allison Byers

There is a surreal giddiness to Griffin's photographs, wherein he turns Florida's senior-centric communities into utopian dreamlands. But Griffin is quite young himself, having graduated from art school in 2011. According to his alma mater California College of the Arts, Griffin is fascinated by "how disparate images work together in the world." Perhaps that's why his seemingly random photos weave together such a beautiful narrative when placed together in a series.

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Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook

Excerpts from Silver Meadows
Nazraeli Press, 2013
Hardcover, 108 pages, $75

Selected by Time as one of the top photo books of 2013! This is the sixth monograph from Nazraeli Press devoted to the work of CCA alumnus and Photography faculty member Todd Hido, and it is his most ambitious project to date. It is designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish.

Update as of 2014: Check out the "Silver Meadows B-Sides Box Set," also designed by Bob Aufuldish.

Silver Meadows is the name of a street that runs through the neighborhood in Kent, Ohio, where the artist grew up. The setting of Hido's childhood, it also became the creative wellspring for his work. Here, it serves as a point of departure for his reexamination of a Midwestern suburban upbringing: 'a trip through the innocence of childhood and adolescence and into the darker aspects of life beyond.'

This first edition is printed on matte Japanese art paper and features an "installation" of tipped-in images on the case binding.

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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 Monday, April 29, 2013 by Allison Byers

For the third year, Giorgio Armani is sponsoring Paris Photo, which is being held this weekend in Los Angeles for the first time, at Paramount Studios. At the fair, the brand has installed the “ACQUA #3” exhibition, a collection of unpublished photographs taken by the photographer Jim Goldberg in Haiti. Gold is a professor of Art at the California College of the Arts* and a member of Magnum Photos.

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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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