The beds in the photographs are like any other unmade beds — messes of rumpled sheets and dented pillows occasionally punctuated by a stray article of clothing or a curious pet. Except that they are not like other beds: they are, as the title of Tammy Rae Carland's 2002 series of depopulated portraits informs the viewer, "lesbian beds."Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 by Allison Byers
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
Jens Hoffmann leads CCA Curator's Forum tour of Istanbul Biennial (Kris Martin's work in foreground) (photo: George Jewett)
The Istanbul Biennial is a key event in the international contemporary art scene -- a highly visible, highly respected exhibition that draws more than 100,000 visitors to the city and exposes them to some of the most engaged and relevant art being made today. In its opening week, the 12th Istanbul Biennial (which remains open through November 13) was attended by almost 4,000 guests, including critics, curators, museum and gallery administrators, and approximately 400 members of the press from 50 different countries. Everything they saw (whether they realized it or not) bore the marks of a CCA affiliate's hand -- specifically two CCA curators, one CCA graphic designer, and one CCA editor. They also saw the work of one faculty member and three alumni; all three alumni had entire galleries devoted to their work.
CCA President Stephen Beal, chair of the Board of Trustees F. Noel Perry, other trustees, and several members of the CCA Curator's Forum (a dedicated group of Wattis Institute supporters) flew to Istanbul for the opening weekend. Stephen Beal remarked, standing at the biennial entrance, "It is very gratifying to see the college so prominently represented here. It is evidence of the major relevance, at the international level, of what we are doing, and the kinds of experiences and access that CCA makes available to its community."
It was almost two years ago that Wattis Institute director Jens Hoffmann accepted the invitation to co-curate the 12th Istanbul Biennial. Beginning with that moment, what began as a single thread of connection between the college and the city of Istanbul expanded into a densely packed web involving multiple individuals.Read the rest
Posted on Monday, August 8, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Remembering Larry Sultan, Photographer and Friend
In June 2011 Photography faculty members Jim Goldberg and Todd Hido (MFA 1996) discussed the influence of their friend and teacher, photographer Larry Sultan, (1946–2009), who taught at CCA for 20 years!
Heroes & Mentors: Jim Goldberg & Todd Hido On Larry Sultan was published online by Photo District News on August 3, 2011:
Todd Hido: When did you meet Larry and what did you learn from him?Read the rest
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Jim Goldberg's photography is currently featured in two San Francisco exhibitions
Congratulations are in order for CCA Photography faculty member Jim Goldberg who, upon his second nomination, was awarded this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Prize—one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of photography. Goldberg received a cash payment of £30,000 (roughly $50,000!).Read the rest
Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 by Simon Hodgson
Rebecca Najdowski with Tio Lino. They created Rocinha Foto Project, a photography course for community youth
Even after the end date of her nine-month Fulbright scholarship in São Paulo, Brazil, the photographer and artist Rebecca Najdowski (MFA 2010) couldn't resist staying just a little longer to make one more trip, south to the Argentinean border, to see the legendary waterfalls of Iguaçu.
Art and travel have been soldered together in her life for as long as Najdowski can remember. She grew up in Santa Fe, a city world-renowned for its art scene. "I was surrounded by this impulse for craft. My dad was a silversmith and had a studio attached to the house. His work wasn't separate from his regular daily life. My mom was a school counselor and teacher at a public elementary school. During school holidays, she'd take off to Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, with organizations like Save the Rainforest, and often brought me with her. I've definitely inherited my love for travel from her, the drive to really experience other parts of the world."
Movement infuses Najdowski's own artistic practice, from her Spectra photogram experiments with color and light to her photographs of rural Brazilian storefronts to her roaming investigations into South American shamanism. "Travel forces you to be really open to new people and experiences. During my time in Brazil I couldn't stop traveling, moving around to collect experiences and material. I went to Rio, to Brasília, to Recife for a folk carnival (a super cool experience), and took a three-day boat trip on the Amazon River between Belém and Santarém. The river is so massive, sometimes you feel you're on a lake. Near the northern Brazilian outpost of São Luís, I went to see a tidal bore known as the pororoca, from the word for 'destructive noise' in the indigenous Tupi language. It is an immense wave caused by salt water crashing over fresh water during the new and full moons. It's not exactly on the tourist map -- I had to go through hoops to get in touch with local surfers to reach it."Read the rest
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
Nazraeli Press, 2011
Hardcover, 72 pages, $75
David Maisel’s (MFA 2006) work has always been concerned with processes of memory, excavation, and transformation. In the History’s Shadow series, Maisel re-photographs, then scans and digitally manipulates, X-rays from museum archives that depict artifacts from antiquity. X-rays have historically been used by art conservators for structural examination of art and artifacts much as physicians examine bones and internal organs; they reveal losses, replacements, construction methods, and internal trauma invisible to the naked eye. Maisel's mages seem like transmissions from the distant past, both spanning and collapsing time. The book, designed by Graphic Design faculty member Bob Aufuldish, contains an original short story by Jonathan Lethem that was inspired by Maisel's images. It was named one of American Photo magazine's Best Photography Books of the Year!Read the rest
Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis
Hardcover, 240 pages, $60
Volume Inc., of which Eric Heiman (Graphic Design faculty) is a principal, designed this book featuring four decades of photographs of Los Angeles by Julius Shulman. Shulman, whose life and career spanned nearly a century, played a key role in the mid-century modernist movement through his photographs of the pioneering architecture of Richard Neutra and Charles Eames, among others. His pictures have been widely published, but this monograph presents many never-before-seen images on a subject closest to Shulman's heart: Los Angeles and its environs, including Palm Springs and other suburbs. In the pictures, Los Angeles becomes a living organism, simultaneously vibrant and volatile, depending on the neighborhood. Many of the buildings and neighborhoods have since been torn down or otherwise altered beyond recognition, making these photographs some of the only lasting testaments to their existence.Read the rest
Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2011 by Jim Norrena
Jason Hanasik (MFA Fine Arts 2009) shot, directed, and edited Gap Inc.'s official "It Gets Better" video, the first video of its kind from a major retailer, for inclusion in the national It Gets Better Project, which is committed to reducing or eliminating harassment of LGBT youth in schools.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
TBW Books, 2010
Limited edition, $200 (signed) / $100 (unsigned)
Dru Donovan (Photography 2004) presents an investigation of mourning in Lifting Water, part of TBW's annual subscription series (the other artists in the 2010 series are Mark Steinmetz, Elaine Stocki, and Katy Grannan). Donovan's tableaux explore the rituals of caregiving while shifting perspectives between the caregiver and the cared for. She focuses on the psychological weight of physical proximity alongside emotional isolation. Donovan was included in Wallpaper magazine's graduate directory of emerging talent to watch. Her work is included in reGeneration2: Tomorrow's Photographers Today, published by Thames & Hudson, and in the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. She lives and works in San Francisco.Read the rest
Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook
Hardcover, 131 pages, $65
This book brings together three of Larry Sultan's best known photographic series: Pictures from Home, The Valley, and Homeland. Sultan died in 2009; he was one of CCA's most beloved faculty members and taught for many years in the Photography Program. Made principally in the San Fernando Valley, where he grew up, in these works Sultan explored the domestic landscape of his childhood and adolescence by photographing and re-presenting photographs of his parents, their home, and their experience of the American Dream. Wandering further behind this Californian fabric, he photographed in suburban homes serving as sets in the pornographic film and video industry. His work culminated in a series of tableau of Latino day laborers undertaking prosaic tasks on the peripheries of these suburban sites. The book accompanied an exhibition at kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, and features an essay by curator Martin Germann. The text is bilingual, in English and German.Read the rest