'Devils Den was a project that came out of our current experience of life in the mythmaking/marketing hub of New York City, and our awareness of having grown up in a context of rampant consumerism and growing political unrest. The reenactment reflects themes in the civil war that continue to play out in today's politics. Though this work is inspired in part by the aesthetics of advertising, it is anti-propaganda at its core. We are not trying to sell some sort of nationalist pride. We are just presenting what we saw, through a framework that interests us.'
Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014 by Laura Braun
Over the last several months, some people here have spotted an R.V. rolling down their streets with a man squatting on top, holding a camera he trains down on them as if trying to compile his own version of Google Street View. A few have accused him of being a cop. Others have struck up conversations, and he has climbed down to spend the afternoon taking their pictures.
Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun
The city is a rich subject for the nocturnal photographer; it forms the grim backdrop for the midnight rambler in Larry Clark’s Acid, Lower East Side. In the work of Todd Hido and Judy Gelles, suburban houses and mobile homes radiate with ambiguous warmth, leaving the viewer to guess what transpires inside.
Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Laura Braun
After studying photography at the California College of the Arts, Shirley moved to Los Angeles in 2007. “My plan was to assist as much as possible. I came from a fine-art background, and I didn’t have much technical training,” he says.
Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Laura Braun
Curators around the country like the meaning they find in Chiara's work, which he's exhibited since 2003. Chiara was one of a select few whose art was picked for the recent de Young exhibit, "Crown Point Press at Fifty." Among prestigious museums that have Chiara's images: The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. A native San Franciscan with an M.F.A.
Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Laura Braun
The decision to include Jake Longstreth was a natural one. Longstreth, who, like McFarland, graduated from California College of the Arts about 10 years ago, focuses on painting. His portraits of sprawling landscapes are minimal -- stripped down to basic, elegant shapes.
Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Laura Braun
Eva O'Leary and Harry Griffin are photographers who work together. Last year they funded a project called Devil's Den using Kickstarter. For it, they photographed reenactors and spectators at the 150th-anniversary commemoration of the battle of Gettysburg. Juxtapositions within their images lay bare the differences between then and now. The project is featured in Mossless Issue 3, which is also currently on Kickstarter. We spoke with Eva and Harry about preconceptions drawn from history books, crowdfunding as a strategy for self-publishing, and the nature of collaboration.
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 by Rachel Walther
Meet ChuCha Santamaria: dancing siren, disco singer, and larger-than-life alter ego of CCA alumna Sofía Córdova (MFA 2010). Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Córdova has developed an artistic practice spanning sculpture and photography, installation, and video, but it is her music and performances as ChuCha Santamaria that have attracted the most attention.
In 2011, she and her husband, the musician and artist Matthew Kirkland, released their debut album ChuCha Santamaria Y Usted. (It was the central piece in an installation/performance cycle.) Reviewers were dazzled. “Fantastic, vital . . . imminently catchy,” wrote East Bay Express critic Ellen Cushing. “Singer/wordsmith Sofía Córdova sings in inglés, español, y Vocoder, carefully unfolding her melodies with stately restraint,” enthused PopMatters reviewer Josh Langhoff.
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
Polaroids from Haiti
Nazraeli Press, 2014
Hardcover, 16 pages, $100
The photographs in Jim Goldberg (Photography faculty) contribution to Nazraeli Press’s One Picture Book series (this is number 84), Polaroids from Haiti, were taken during a week in March 2013. They depict Haitians dealing with their everyday struggles. Goldberg, who describes himself as a documentary storyteller, spent this time traveling throughout the country listening to and photographing Haitian life. The resulting images reflect the continuing challenges and undying spirit of this impoverished country, when the 2010 earthquake is still reverberating. The publication is limited to 500 numbered copies, each one with an original signed Polaroid by Goldberg.
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Lindsey Westbrook
Rich and Poor
Hardcover, 256 pages, $65
From 1977 to 1985, Jim Goldberg (Photography faculty) photographed the wealthy and the destitute of San Francisco, creating a visual document—a combination of text and photographs—that has since become a landmark work. In 1984 the series was exhibited alongside Robert Adams and Joel Sternfeld in the Three Americans exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and it was published the following year by Random House.
Out of print since 1985, Rich and Poor has been completely redesigned and expanded by the artist for Steidl. Available for the first time in hardcover, it now features a surplus of vintage material and contemporary photographs that have never been published or exhibited. The photographs constitute a shocking and gripping portrait of America in the 1970s and 1980s that remains just as relevant today.