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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!


CSULB Art Alum Kendell Carter interviewed in Cultured Magazine

Posted on January 29, 2015 by School of Art

CSULB Art Alum Kendell Carter has been interviewed in the January 2015 issue of Cultured Magazine. Entitled “Getting to Know Kendell Carter” the article was written by Tali Jaffe. To read interview, please click here. Mr. Carter was just in a group exhibition at Edward Cella Gallery entitled “Fog Art + Design.” For more information about this show, please click here.

CSULB Print Professor Roxanne Sexhauer in two exhibitions: Sofia, Bulgaria and Oakland, California

Posted on January 20, 2015 by School of Art

CSULB Prints Professor Roxanne Sexhauer is in a few exhibitions both here and abroad. First is an exhibition entitled American Printmakers held in conjunction with the “Triennial of Graphic Art,” Sofia, Bulgaria. Curated by Henry Klein, the exhibition debuted in the Cultural Affairs Office of the American Embassy, and travels to the city of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria in 2015. (to read more, please click here.)

Prof. Sexhauer will also participate in a show in Oakland at the Gray Loft Gallery entitled Prints: California, Los Angeles, and Beyond II. The exhibition will run from February 13th through February 28th 2015, and for more information click here.

Lastly, her exhibition Sight Readings: A 35-Year Survey of Work by Roxanne Sexauer at the Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica College was nicely reviewed in the Huffington Post, to read please click here.)


CSULB Ceramics Lecturer Meghan Smythe exhibition at Mark Moore reviewed in LA Times

Posted on January 20, 2015 by School of Art

Meghan Smythe’s carnal clay at Mark Moore



“Coupling” is the eye of the storm that is Meghan Smythe’s remarkable first solo show, at Mark Moore.

The two slightly oversized right hands, sculpted in clay and sheathed in milky white glaze, rest on a pedestal, their gently cupped palms facing up. The thumb of one hand makes the barest contact with one of the fingers of the other. This is coupling of a spiritual as much as a physical sort.

Another kind of convergence happens here too. These hands, with their poignantly irregular texture, are quite overtly works of the hand, the clay pressed and pinched into shape by fingers replicating themselves. The means of creation merges with the image created; the act of making couples with the made.

The tenderness and quietness of “Coupling” are nourishing in themselves, but also a reprieve from the demanding intensity of the surrounding work. “Coupling” whispers; the other pieces grunt and pant.

Smythe, from Kingston, Ontario, and now living in Long Beach after a two-year residency at CSULB, harnesses to its fullest clay’s metaphoric power to invoke the very stuff of life.

The raw force of being and becoming, making as well as unmaking courses through these sculptures, which also incorporate glass, resin, epoxy and plasticine. Their energy oscillates wildly between desperate and spent.

“Young Unbecoming” is the most complex of the group, a breathless orgy of bodies grasping, bending, licking, twisting. There are three, or more precisely 3 1/2, female figures in the mix, plus an assortment of stray phalli and a plethora of clutching hands.

Limbs are entwined, tongues extended. Clay is rarely, if ever, this carnal. Some of the skin is mannequin-smooth but veined with cracks. Some seeps a pink foam or a pale fecal flood. Erotic pleasure plays a part here, but is only one of many competing charges.

Throughout this, and Smythe’s other works, there is a violent fragmentation that zigzags between sexual fantasy and deathly dismemberment. With its human shipwreck of compromised flesh, “Young Unbecoming” brings to mind Gericault’s “Raft of the Medusa,” and exudes comparable, palpable urgency.

Smythe is a sculptor of struggle. Primal forces contend in the work, as do various aesthetic and formal dispositions. The sobriety of the relic is countered by the whimsy of glass and resin follies. Figures pallid and cadaverous lie upon a surface oozing with puddles in the happy hues of Easter eggs.

CSULB Art Alumna Brenna Youngblood in exhibition at Pomona College Museum of Art

Posted on December 1, 2014 by School of Art

The Pomona College Museum of Art presents “Project Series 50: Brenna Youngblood.” For this exhibition Ms. Youngblood produced a new suite of paintings that consist of lyrically distressed six-foot-by-five-foot paintings that retain subtle collaged elements. The eight paintings on view explore gestural abstraction, color field painting, and collage, which pose questions about memory, identity, and class. The Brenna Youngblood exhibition is the 50th in the Pomona College Museum of Art’s Project Series, which presents Southern California artists in focused exhibitions and is curated by Rebecca McGrew. The exhibition will be on view from January 20, 2015 through May 17, 2015. For more information, please click here.

CSULB Ceramics Professor Tony Marsh in solo exhibition at Hedge Gallery in San Francisco

Posted on November 7, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Ceramics Professor Tony Marsh is having a solo exhibition at the Hedge Gallery in San Francisco. Entitled Color House, the show will run from November 6, 2014 through January 10, 2016. It will feature new ceramic work that features both architectural elements as well as basic forms of color that work together into a interesting hybrid. For more information, please click here.

CSULB Graduate Student in Art Cynthia Herrera in collaborative project with Riverside Art Museum

Posted on October 15, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Graduate Student in Photography Cynthia Herrera is part of a community engagement project with the community of Riverside, the Riverside Art Museum, as well as with Cal State University, Long Beach. Making Ground is a series of events taking place from October 25, 2014 through February 2015 from community centers to garden nurseries, even art galleries both in the city of Riverside as well as Long Beach. The subjects will range from   “Community Cuttings: Storytelling and the Community History of Plants | A Transplanting Workshop” to “Common Ground | A Stakeholder Event” which communities across Riverside to join workshops in grafting, transplanting, and growing herbs in domestic spaces to “Making Ground | Community Histories, Healing Plants, and Succulent Sculpture” to be held at a Farmer’s Market in Riverside, as well as a gallery show in the Werby Gallery at CSULB on November 9-13, 2014. Ms. Herrera is a current MFA candidate in Photography at California State University Long Beach and a 2012 GPA Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Arabic language, arts, and culture studies at the University of Mohammad the V Rabat, Morocco. For more information, please click here.

CSULB Art Alumna Brenna Youngblood wins 2015 Gwendolyn Knight | Jacob Lawrence Prize

Posted on October 8, 2014 by School of Art

Seattle Art Museum (SAM) announces the selection of Brenna Youngblood as the winner of the 2015 Gwendolyn Knight | Jacob Lawrence Prize. Youngblood will be honored with a $10,000 award to further her artistic practice. “Created through a handmade process of addition, subtraction, layering and peeling, Brenna Youngblood’s art is subtle yet effective as she communicates personal experiences through common objects. The result is remarkable,” says Kimerly Rorschach, SAM’s Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO.  “Her artistic and cultural practice truly honors the legacy of the Lawrences.” Her work will also be featured in a solo exhibition in SAM’s Gwendolyn Knight | Jacob Lawrence Gallery in 2015 and will be curated by Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and SAM’s former Deputy Director for Education and Public Programs/Adjunct Curator in Modern and Contemporary Art. For more information, please click here.

Congratulations to Ms. Youngblood!


“Another Thing Coming” exhibition review in Artillery Magazine

Posted on October 3, 2014 by School of Art


New Sculpture at Torrance Art Museum

Twenty miles outside of Los Angeles there happens to be one of the best shows of the season. “Another Thing Coming,” the Torrance Art Museum’s group show of new sculpture from 15 Los Angeles-based artists is a remarkably successful and compelling show.
“Another Thing Coming” emphatically makes a case for object-based sculpture’s fecundity and relevance as a vehicle for personal and collective meaning. These 15 artists demonstrate how cotemporary sculpture may be indebted to and in dialogue with the past, but is firmly rooted in the experience of the present, with a focus on the process of making meaningful art in a fast-paced, hostile and technology-obsessed world. Curators Lisa DeSmidt, Max Presneill and Chris Reynolds put together a truly engaging look at what Los Angeles sculptors are creating in their studios today. It’s worth the 20 miles to travel to see this exceptional show on sculpture today.
To read full review, please click here.