I fell in love with indigo while I was a student at California College of the Arts. Indigo is a really magical natural dye because it requires a constant relationship of care-taking. The vat must be checked on daily in order to maintain it's delicate anaerobic balance- but what is amazing is that it can be kept "alive" indefinitely. For me, Indigo became a studio companion that kept me enchanted and curious about everything that it could offer. Right now I am obsessed with batik (a hot-wax resist method).
Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Laura Braun
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by Dustin N. Smith
California College of the Arts is a featured partner for the 2014 Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation & Activism conference March 26-29.
Bridges will investigate the intersections between traditional and emerging technologies and how these tools are vehicles for creating meaningful and critical discourse around contemporary issues in printmaking.
The event includes dozens of Bay Area participating organizations such at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Kala Art Institute, 826 Valencia, Berkeley Art Museum, Crown Point Press, San Francisco Center for the Book, and many others.
Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 by Laura Braun
"Global trade and labor inequities have had a strong sway on politically based contemporary art, and I'd say some of the artists in the show were dealing with that," says Helfand, who also teaches at California College of the Arts and Mills. "I'm really viewing the show as more of an emptying out of an idea.
Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Laura Braun
An art school grad-turned-poster artist Hart learned about specialty food while working at The Pasta Shop when he was attending California College of the Arts. Hart's foray into homebrewing began when he landed a job in the cheese department at Whole Foods after relocating to the Triangle with his wife.
Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Claire Fitzsimmons
Tim Belonax in Facebook's Analog Research Laboratory [photo: Andria Lo]
Along the walk to the cafeteria, a poster reads: "Eventually everything connects." Another, "People not pixels." In the atrium, "Hack the graph," and in the corridor, "Empathy. Have some!"
This sounds like it could very well be CCA's campus, but it's actually Facebook’s. Each poster is stamped at the bottom with the words: "Poster brought to you by your friends at the Facebook Analog Research Laboratory."
Facebook designer and CCA Graphic Design faculty member Tim Belonax calls the Analog Research Laboratory -- known around Facebook simply as the Analog Lab -- "a playground for a print designer. There are very few places around the Bay Area where a lover of handmade graphic design would encounter such amazing facilities."
Wired magazine has called it "Facebook's secret propaganda arm." The Huffington Post dubs it "a slogan factory where techies get tactile."
Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Three members of the CCA community have been awarded the 2012 SECA Art Award (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's biennial award program honoring Bay Area artists:
Jonn Herschend, former faculty member and visiting artist; Missouri native and video artist
Considering the fact only four artists (of 250 recommended by Bay Area curators, gallerists, professors, previous winners, and SECA members) are selected to receive the SECA Art Award, it's fair to say CCA artists dominated the awards -- including the fact the exhibition was co-curated by alumna Tanya Zimbardo (Curatorial Practice 2005), the assistant curator of media arts at SFMOMA.
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by Lindsey Westbrook
Star 82 Review issues 2 and 3
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
Paperback, 44 pages, $9.95
In the spirit of summer travel, the second issue of Star 82 Review, an online and print art and literature magazine edited by Printmaking faculty member Alisa Golden, features personal essays, poems, and stories that revolve around planes, trains, and automobiles. Layered and worthy of multiple readings, these pieces deal with parents and children, dreams and daydreams, life-cycle events and life in general. A special feature is a page from Tom Phillips's A Humument app.
Contributors with CCA connection this issue: Zack Rogow, former MFA Program in Writing faculty.
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 by Rachel Walther
Grady Gordon in his studio (photo by Rachel Walther)
Grady Gordon (Illustration 2008) says that he does one thing, and does it well. Since his last year of study at CCA, he's been working almost exclusively in monotypes. This is a (somewhat unpredictable!) printmaking process in which ink is applied directly to a smooth Plexiglas surface, then paper is pressed to the Plexiglas, resulting in one-of-a-kind prints.
Gordon's portraits of demons, goblins, and warriors have a visceral and urgent quality to them. You half-expect his creations to leap off the paper and into the night.
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Ace Lehner
The following undergraduate Printmaking students have been awarded the 2013 Yozo Hamaguchi Printmaking Scholarship. Each received a $3,000 tuition scholarship.
The graduate winners are Channing Morgan and Sarah Jones.
Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 by Allison Byers
His doors are open nearly each day, except for those days he teaches at the California College of the Arts as a senior adjunct professor in the printmaking department. Some people who come in off the street may buy a print or commission him for a new piece of art.