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CSULB Assistant Professor Ryan Taber in project at Gamble House

Posted on September 17, 2014 by School of Art

As part of this year’s Art and Science (AxS) Festival in Pasadena, whose theme is “Curiosity,” the Gamble House has collaborated with the Pasadena Arts Council and Machine Project of Los Angeles to present a special 17-day artist intervention in Pasadena’s world-renowned historic landmark. On September 23, artist Ryan Taber will conduct three tours of the house, the first entitled the “Materiality and Signification Tour,” which he will focus on the front entry hall, back terrace and upstairs hallway through the use of a scale model of the staircase and samples of different species of woods. The “Joinery and Decoration Tour” will consist of a partial tour of the house focusing on the Attic “Billiards” room, the crawl spaces, the upstairs guest bedroom and the master bedroom. This tour will be conducted during the day and will feature samples of timber frame joinery cultural traditions as well as samples of different species of wood. Lastly the “Tone and Cadence Tour” will take place after dark and will feature content from the other two tours, as well as information about the houses artificial lighting and leaded art glass. A component of this tour will be conducted in the dark, with flashlights. There will be other projects and interventions by other artists until October 5, 2014. For more information, please click here.

CSULB Ceramics Alum Julia Haft-Candell in group exhibition

Posted on September 16, 2014 by School of Art

Sculpting in Time,” an exhibition in the Glendale Community College Art Gallery and curated by Annie Mann will be displayed September 16 through October 9. The exhibition features works in clay by Tanya Batura, Julia Haft-Candell, Krysten Cunningham, Emily Sudd and Kim Tucker. A reception for the artists will be held Sunday, Oct. 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the Library Building. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, click here.

LA Times review of exhibition “Another Thing Coming” featuring CSULB Art Professor Christopher Miles and CSULB alum Noah Thomas

Posted on September 11, 2014 by School of Art

Object lessons at Torrance Art Museum’s ‘Another Thing Coming’



“Another Thing Coming: New Sculpture in L.A.” is the kind of exhibition more museums should do, and more often. It checks in on the status of a misplaced but provocative artistic thread, providing a welcome update.

Nine years ago, the UCLA Hammer Museum made waves with “Thing,” a survey of 20 younger, L.A.-based artists. The show chronicled a return to prominence of object-sculpture — an artistic category that had taken a back seat to installation-oriented sculpture, video, photography and even painting since the 1970s.

The Torrance Art Museum’s “Another Thing Coming” shows that, a decade later, object-sculpture is alive and well. If it doesn’t have the punch of the Hammer show, that’s probably because it lacks the earlier outing’s element of discovery and surprise. Instead, guest curators Jason Ramos and Megan Sallabedra take satisfying note of a continuing evolution in the work of 14 artists.

At least two recurrent themes turn up. One is a consideration of traditional crafts in relation to sculpture. The other is an emphasis on hybridity instead of purity. Both are often encountered in a single work.

The use of glazed clay by Mary Hill and Christopher Miles — the former to pile sexually suggestive bananas and melons on a broken phallic obelisk, the latter to fashion crypto-mechanical floral creatures — extols the handmade virtues of ceramics, sculpture’s oldest manifestation, to ruminate on distinctly up-to-date questions. (Miles, perhaps not incidentally, was a co-curator of the Hammer’s “Thing.”) In “Psychic Grotto V,” a lumpen little cave of hand-formed strips of muddy brown and dark green clay, Anna Sew Hoy fashions a grim little model for an anti-Romantic hideaway from modern life.

In “Another Thing,” shades of “Thing” are most evident in Noah Thomas’ sculptures. Handmade forms are integrated into the limbs and branches of fallen trees in works loosely reminiscent of sculptures by Krysten Cunningham and Lara Schnitger from the earlier show. But Thomas takes off into his own peculiar dimension by inserting tiny electric fans within the tree limbs, turning a sculpture suspended from the ceiling into a cross between a Calder mobile and a military hovercraft.

For full review, please click here.

CSULB Photography Professor Todd gray in solo exhibition

Posted on September 8, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray will have a solo exhibition at the Meliksetian Briggs gallery. Entitled Exquisite Terribleness, a photo installation created from the reexamination of his extensive photographic archive of images he’s made in Los Angeles and Ghana. “In this latest body of work, the fourth examination of this archive, Gray has re-imagined and literally re-framed the photos of Jackson together with his documentary work from Ghana, where he maintains a studio, using weathered, antique frames that once hung on the walls of homes in South Los Angeles. This resulting work is autobiographical, and uses the language and signifiers of popular culture and spectacle to draw in the viewer, blurring the boundaries of pop culture and fine art, aesthetics and rational structure and refusing to collapse into a simple binary opposition.” The exhibition will open September 11 and continue until October 18, 2014. For more information, please click here.

CSULB Painting Lecturer Siobhan McClure in solo exhibition

Posted on September 4, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Painting lecturer Siobhan McClure is having a solo exhibition at 101/Exhibit Gallery. The exhibition is entitled In the Time of Water and features twenty-one new works, fifteen watercolor and gouache works on paper, and six medium to large-scale oil paintings on canvas. ”In the Time of Water continues Siobhan McClure’s epic narrative about bands of children that have been left to negotiate the post-apocalyptic urban wasteland ‘Mirror City.’”  The show will run from September 13 through October 18, 2014. For more information, please click here.

CSULB Photography Professor Mark Ruwedel in group exhibition

Posted on September 3, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Photography Professor Mark Ruwedel is in a group exhibition entitled Following the Prescribed Path at the Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University. The exhibition explores the “[human] urge to walk out the front door and just explore one’s environment. Motivated by this basic desire, each of the exhibition’s seven artists embarked on such a journey, but with a twist. The artists’ routes followed a ‘prescribed path,’ one in which the parameters were established before they ever ventured out. Mark Ruwedel followed the seventy-two-and-a-half-mile route through Los Angeles previously taken by an urban hiker.” The exhibition runs from September 13 through November 23, 2014. Professor Ruwedel (as well as urban hiker and LMU associate professor of history Nigel Raab) will have a talk about the project on sunday October 5, at 2pm. For more information, click here.

LACMA acquires work from CSULB Painting Professor Fran Siegel

Posted on September 3, 2014 by School of Art

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has recently acquired a work from Professor Fran Siegel. The work entitled Overland 16, (2013) is a wall-sized collage made from  Cyanotype, Ink, Pencil and Pigment on Cut Paper.

Furthermore, in May Professor Siegel completed a permanent commission for US Art in Embassies for the consulate in Guayaquil Ecuador. Several CSULB students worked with me on the project as well as art students from ITAE in Guayaquil. For more information and images, please click here.

CSULB Sculpture Professor Chris Miles in three exhibitions

Posted on September 3, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Sculpture Professor, Christopher Miles is concurrently in three exhibitions, one solo show at the Cuesta College Art Gallery, and two group shows, one at the Torrance Art Museum, the other at the Nan Rae Gallery at Woodbury University, in Burbank. The solo show,  features ceramic sculptures and will be up from August 29 through September 26, 2014. For more information, click here. The exhibition at the Torrance Art Museum is entitled “Another Thing Coming” and will be running from August 23 through October 18th, 2014. For more information, click here. Lastly, Miles will be in a three-person exhibition at the Nan Rae Gallery is entitled “The Nature of the unnatural” and opens August 26, 2014. For more information, please click here.


CSULB Prints Professor Roxanne Sexhauer in four exhibitions

Posted on August 26, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Prints Professor Roxanne Sexhauer is in four exhibitions nationwide. First is Sight Readings: A 35-Year Survey of Work by Roxanne Sexauer at the Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica College, and is curated by Gordon Fuglie from the Central California Museum of Art. Comprising 35 key works, the exhibition is organized chronologically, beginning with a 1973 self-portrait in the German Expressionist style, concluding with works completed this past summer. The exhibit will open to the public on Tuesday, September 2, running to Saturday, October 11, 2014. For more information, click here.

Another exhibition is: “Midwest Matrix Continuum”  at Indiana University’s Grunwald Gallery in Bloomington. Midwest Matrix: Continuum explores the “Midwest tradition” of printmaking, featuring over 20 artists highlighting this history and calling attention to the next generation of artists. Mentors of this Midwest printmaking tradition will exhibit alongside nominated former students, who have gone on to have active careers of their own. This show pairs Sexhauer with her former student Tyler Ferreira of Long Beach. For more information, click here.
A group exhibition built around the theme of “Detroit,” by printmakers who all have had some special connection to the city, “Feel the ‘D!” is an exhibition at the Re:View Contemporary Gallery in Detroit. The exhibition will run from September 24 through October 11, 2014. For more information, click here.
Lastly, Prof. Sexhauer will be in “5 x 5: Celebrating Five Years” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in Santa Barbara. It will open on August 28 and run through September 11, 2014. For more information, please click here.

CSULB Fibers Lecturer Christy Matson in LA Times article

Posted on August 21, 2014 by School of Art

Weaver Christy Matson prefers when art can be made out of whole cloth


August 15, 2014

A spirit of experimentation, one foot in the past and one in the future, has set Christy Matson apart as a weaver.

“It’s unusual these days not to be working on a commission,” Matson says, standing next to a counter brimming with colorful balls of yarn, her white and aqua blue Jacquard loom gleaming in her tiny backyard studio in Highland Park. She shares her home with her husband, artist Ken Fandell, and 2-year-old daughter, Lake.

“But I love to work on things that don’t have a destination. It’s when true experimentation happens,” Matson says.

Amid a weaving renaissance, Matson’s work stands out. Using yarn with varying textures in soft, muted colors and hand weaving on a highly technical loom, she creates textiles that are more like abstract or Modernist paintings. Whether prepping warps, tying knots, dyeing yarn, winding skeins, drawing and painting, researching or drafting weave structures, she pays meticulous attention to detail.

But it is the process of hand weaving, just a small portion of how her time is spent, that inspires her passion.

“You take a real leap of faith as you go along because you can only see about 8 inches of what you are working on at a time, which can be really exciting, but it can also be really maddening,” Matson says.

After a rocky beginning with a floor loom and a weaving class in college (she hated it and gave the loom away), she was introduced to the Jacquard loom because she thought she might go into textile design. It allows creating cloth that has organic curving and lines, and she felt like it created a bridge between the historical aspect of hand weaving and a more contemporary way of working that uses digital technology. “It was like a light bulb went off,” she says. “It blows the doors off what you can weave.”

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