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CSULB Painting Professor Tom Krumpak in solo exhibition at Santa Monica College

Posted on July 9, 2015 by School of Art

143645930539062CSULB Painting Professor Tom Krumpak will be having a solo exhibition at the Emeritus Gallery at the beautiful Emeritus College campus of Santa Monica College. Entitled Built & Placed the exhibition will run from July 9 through September 10, 2015. The show will consist of an incredible collection of painted works on canvas, painted works on scrolls, and layered combine sculptures.  Among the dozens of components that work together to comprise the sculptures are found objects and objects produced by the artist, including more scroll paintings rolled up and stashed inside the structure of one of the sculptures. “My artwork has almost always dealt with Place, past and present,” said Krumpak. “I am interested in the real place of intersection between the individual and the crowd, the private and the public.” For more information, please click here.

CSULB Art Alum Kendell Carter in exhibition at Armory Center, Pasadena

Posted on May 19, 2015 by School of Art

cartermain2CSULB Art Alum Kendell Carter is in an exhibition series at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California, running from May 10 to June 14, 2014. The series, curated by CSULB Art History alum Sinead Finnerty-Pyne, is entitled Expanding on an expansive subjectPart 6: Kendell Carter, Constructs will showcase his newest works, multilayered paintings that critique and acknowledge the social constructs that exist within individuals and communities through the physical and aesthetic properties of painting. Through a multi-sourced approach to art making that includes sampling from pop culture, design, architecture, and modernism, Carter explores painting’s position within a post-modern condition. Using hip-hop culture as an aesthetic and ideological model, he references the fluidity of contemporary culture where individuals and objects flow in and out of identities, roles, and expectations. For more information, please click here.

CSULB Ceramics Alum Matt Wedel to have solo exhibition in London

Posted on May 6, 2015 by School of Art

CroppedImage15001500-matt-wedel-0001-A-02CSULB Ceramics alum Matt Wedel will be having a solo exhibition at Erskine, Hall & Coe in London, England. The show will be Wedel’s first exhibition in Europe and will feature twenty-five works from the sculptor and will be on display from May 7 through June 3, 2015. Congratulations!

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Dewitt Symposiums for Contemporary Practices/Drawing and Painting May 3rd and 10th – 4pm

Posted on April 27, 2015 by School of Art

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Sunday, May 3rd, 4- 5 pm, Hall of Science 100  (HSCI)  : A conversation between curator and program director John Spiak and Isabelle Lutterodt
John Spiak: Director and Chief Curator at The Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, and former Curator at the Arizona State University Art Museum. His curatorial emphasis is focused on contemporary art and society, with focus on works in video and new media by emerging artists; and Isabelle Lutterodt:  Director of Visual Arts at Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro. Her work straddles the arts, culture and education sectors.
Sunday, May 10th, 4- 5 pm, Hall of Science 103  (HSCI):  A conversation between curator Dan Cameron and artist Mario Ybarra Jr.
Mario Ybarra Jr.: A Visual and Performance Artist, Educator, and Activist who combines street culture with fine art in order to produce what he calls “contemporary art that is filtered through a Mexican-American experience in Los Angeles.”; and Dan Cameron: former Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach and The New Museum in New York City. He was the Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial and Founder and Artistic Director of Prospect New Orleans.

CSULB Art Lecturer Eve Wood has exhibition at Sloan Projects

Posted on April 16, 2015 by School of Art

CSULB Art Lecturer Eve Wood will behaving an exhibition at Sloan Projects in Bergamont Station entitled “Through the Trees, A Willingness.” The show will run from April 18th through May 16 featuring a wall-to-wall installation of works on paper. An array of avian portraits expressively rendered in gouache, graphite and oil stick on handmade rag paper highlight the artist’s life-long connection to orphaned and injured birds and her commitment to their rescue and rehabilitation. For over a decade Wood has cared privately for birds and as a volunteer at an animal way station where she provides education about animal welfare to inner city children. This up close and personal contact with a long line of birds has developed into a near obsessive creative documentation of their personalities and struggles in the artist’s unmistakable style. For more information, please click here.

CSULB Animation department launches YouTube channel

Posted on April 1, 2015 by School of Art

The CSULB Animation department has launched their own channel on YouTube! Their first posting is a reel of student work from 2014, highlighting the extensive and creative output from many of our student’s films. Assistant Professor Beomsik Shim says that a selection of full length student films will be posted in the future.  Congratulations to the Animation Department and their students for showcasing their efforts and sharing it with the world!

To view please click here.

CSULB Campus Sculptures and the Getty Conservation Institute in LA Times

Posted on April 1, 2015 by School of Art

Why the Getty is giving Cal State Long Beach’s 1960s sculpture park a fresh look

by Carolina A. Miranda

In 1965, a university professor at Cal State Long Beach teamed up with an Israeli artist to organize a symposium that paired artists with industry (such as the local Bethlehem Steel works) to create a series of monumental pieces that would reside on the university’s campus. Nine artists participated, producing massive abstract pieces made from concrete, earth and steel — works that dot the campus to this day.

But half a century is a long time, and some of the pieces are starting to show their age with peeling paint, structural issues and problems with moisture (from the sea air and lawn watering). To mark the 50th anniversary of the sculpture symposium, the University Art Museum has teamed up with the Getty Conservation Institute to survey and help conserve the collection.

“For us, it provides an opportunity to have practical case studies that exemplify the challenges of working with outdoor sculptures,” said Rachel Rivenc, a scientist at the institute. “These are quite different to objects than you find in a museum: There’s the scale and the fact that they’re outdoors and prone to damage from sun and rain and the ocean, which is very close.”

The partnership also resurrects an interesting slice of Southern California art history — one that sits at the intersection of art, technology and global politics.

The California International Sculpture Symposium was co-organized by Cal State Long Beach sculpture professor Kenneth Glenn and Israeli artist Kosso Eloul (best known for producing the eternal-flame sculpture at the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel). It was part of an international series of symposiums launched in Europe in 1959, and was the first held in the U.S.

“It was this response to the war and to the politics of the era,” said Brian Trimble, the University Art Museum’s interim director. “It was artists wanting to show that we as human beings could work together and be civil and not engage in destructive wars.”

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CSULB Ceramics Professor Tony Marsh in solo exhibition at Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery in Brussels

Posted on March 23, 2015 by School of Art

CSULB Ceramics Professor Tony Marsh is having a solo exhibition at the Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery in Brussels, Belgium. Prof. Marsh will be showing works from his Crucible series, featuring ceramic vessels encrusted with glazes, colors, and textures. The show will be on display from March 12 to April 11, 2015. For more information, please click here.

CSULB Art History Professor Kendall Brown’s “Water and Shadow” exhibition reviewed in Wall Street Journal

Posted on February 12, 2015 by School of Art

The Magic in Twilight

‘Water and Shadow’ at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts engenders a renewed appreciation for the emotional range printmakers can achieve.

An island silhouetted in the moonlight, yellow grasses drying on racks by a bright blue sea, steady rain falling on a solitary boatman, light lingering on a wall as surrounding shadows coalesce into night—these are some of the memorable scenes from “Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Made during the early years of the shin-hanga (new print) movement, which started in 1915, they are a far cry from their predecessors, the ukiyo-e or “floating world” prints, which depicted a demimonde of courtesans and actors along with dramatic vistas, using bold outlines, bright colors and flat, sometimes asymmetrical compositions. By contrast, this show’s more than 100 shin-hangaprints, many of them now in the museum’s permanent collection, use perspective and nuanced color to explore the magic in twilight and the beauty in the ordinary.

Landscapes, a popular subject in the resulting shin-hanga movement, were a specialty of Kawase Hasui…author of a 2003 catalogue raisonné of Hasui’s woodblock prints, guest curator Kendall H. Brown [shows] this was Hasui’s most imaginative period [and] bolsters this claim with an impressive array of works, including experimentations.

To read the rest of the review, please click here.

CSULB Painting Professor Fran Siegel named Fulbright Scholar

Posted on February 3, 2015 by School of Art

CSULB Painting Professor Fran Siegel was named a Fulbright Scholar for the 2015-16 year. The Postdoctoral Research Award in Humanities, Social Sciences, Letters, Linguistics and Arts for the country of Brazil will allow Prof. Siegel to “conduct independent or collaborative research, teach graduate courses or combine both activities in the grantee’s area of specialization. As Prof. Siegel has “I will be giving lectures about contemporary drawing in the art and art history department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and my research on Afro-Brazilian Egungun will be in collaboration with Museu Afro in Sao Paolo which will culminate in a drawing exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA,” she said. Congratulations Professor Siegel on a wonderful accomplishment!