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Visiting Artists

Samara Golden – April 26th, UT-108, 5pm

Posted on April 20, 2016 by School of Art

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Los Angeles-based artist Samara Golden creates immersive installations that explore what she calls the sixth dimension, where a multitude of pasts, presents, and futures exist concurrently. Ms. Golden combines physical spaces with illusory spaces that appear only in mirrors, reflecting what the artist refers to as “layers of consciousness,” akin to psychological and hallucinatory spaces in the mind. Her use of mirrors in conjunction with sculptural elements made from a silvery insulation board, allows the illusion of space to expand in multiple directions; creating imaginary depth below the gallery floor, for instance, or suggesting adjacent rooms that do not actually exist. Ms. Golden received her MFA from Columbia University and has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.

Tom LaDuke – May 3, UT-108, 5pm

Posted on April 13, 2016 by School of Art

laduke_8024Tom LaDuke‘s painstakingly constructed paintings toy with the boundaries of perception and recognition. Layering representational scenes (ranging from the history of film to the history of painting) with bold abstraction, LaDuke negotiates between the conceptual, material, spatial, and formal issues inherent in painting. Abstract expressions dance atop the most precisely rendered compositions, flattening the layers of the painting to a single plane. These fresh daubs of paint complicate the viewer’s ability to dive into the familiar representations, underscoring the artist’s exploration of reality versus perceived reality.  The artist was raised in Los Angeles and received his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. His works are in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Portland Art Museum; Speed Art Museum, Louisville; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, among others. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


Dr. Peter Oakley – April 12th, UT-108, 5pm

Posted on March 23, 2016 by School of Art

Oakley.focus-none.width-1000Dr. Peter Oakley is Research Leader for the School of Material at the Royal College of Art. He supports staff research across the School’s programmes: fashion, ceramics and glass, jewellery and metal, and textiles. Through this work Peter has acquired an extensive knowledge of the sustainability issues facing a wide cross-section of the luxury goods sector. Peter’s own research focuses on the UK fine jewellery industry and its supply chains. He has a particular interest in gold and the development and promotion of related ethical initiatives and campaigns. To support his research, in 2009 Dr. Oakley trained as a precious metal assayer, in order to compliment his existing practical knowledge of industrial and bench jewellery techniques. Over the past five years he has also conducted field visits to operating, preserved and proposed gold mines in Alaska, California, Sweden, and the UK.  In the past Dr. Oakley has worked on design projects and in restoration teams, lectured in the applied arts and developed university level programmes for staff employed in the heritage industry. He has a doctorate in anthropology and is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institution.

He currently regularly writes on ethical issues affecting the jewellery industry for

Suzanne Hudson – March 22nd, UT-108, 5pm

Posted on March 22, 2016 by School of Art

Dr. Suzanne Hudson is an art historian and critic who writes on modern and contemporary art, with an painting-nowemphasis on abstraction, painting, process, creativity, pedagogy, and American philosophy as it intersects with aesthetics and institutional discourses. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University and is currently Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Her writing has appeared in such publications as ParkettFlash ArtArt Journal, and October. A regular contributor to Artforum since 2004, she also has written numerous essays for international exhibition catalogs and artist monographs and lectured widely. She is the author of Robert Ryman: Used Paint and Painting Now  and the co-editor of Contemporary Art: 1989–Present. She is currently at work on a manuscript on Agnes Martin and a study of the therapeutic basis of process within American visual modernism.

Brandon Lattu – March 8th, UT-108, 5pm

Posted on March 3, 2016 by School of Art

BLattu_BanquetingHouse_2007_BackView_300-650x433Brandon Lattu is an artist whose work utilizes photography, sculpture, and video to investigate the constantly changing state of representation in order to push beyond the conventional empiricism that pictures of the world have traditionally invoked.  His work particularly addresses the social structures emphasized and enforced by models of perspective and abstraction as well as spatial hierarchies in architecture and commerce.  The artist received his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998 and his BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC in 1994.  Mr. Lattu is Associate Professor and Chair of Art Department at the University of California, Riverside.

Frenemies: Panel Discussion – March 1st, UT-108 5pm

Posted on February 29, 2016 by School of Art

Character-bags-e1437404092116The Frenemies Panel Discussion will address the questions raised by the intersection of art, fashion, and the non-profit museum, using the 2003 collaboration between Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton as the departure point.

Clarissa Esguerra 
is the Assistant Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Ms. Esguerra received her MS in Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors from the University of Georgia in 2005; she wrote both undergraduate and masters thesis on menswear. At LACMA Ms. Esguerra has explored her interest in Historic Costume and is responsible for to cataloging, research, and exhibition development. She has worked on exhibitions including: Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail: 1700-1915 (2010) and the upcoming exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015, opening April 10th.

Dr. Suzanne Hudson is an Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 2006.  Dr. Hudson is an art historian and critic whose field of study includes Modern and Contemporary Art with an emphasis on abstraction. Her numerous publications have appeared in Flash Art, Art Journal, and October and she is a frequent contributor to Art Forum. Dr. Hudson has authored several books including: Robert Ryman: Used Paint (2009), Painting Now, published in 2015, and was co-editor of Contemporary Art: 1989-Present (2013). She will also be speaking about her work as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 22nd.

Christopher Knight has been the Los Angeles Times Art Critic since 1989. He received his Masters Degree from the State University of New York and received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Atlanta College of the Arts. Before working for the Los Angeles Times he was the assistant director of public information at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. He was a three-time finalist for Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 1991, 2001, and 2007 and given the Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism in 1997 by College Arts Association. Mr. Knight has authored two books: Last Chance for Eden: Selected Art Criticism, 1979-1994 and Art of the Sixties and Seventies: The Panza Collection.

Andrew Lewicki is an artist who lives and works in Los Angles. Lewicki earned his BFA from Otis College of the Arts and Design, Los Angeles in 2007. He fashions familiar objects such as oranges, waffle makers, and gold metal bars from unexpected materials, upsetting our preconceived conceptions of the materiality and the use values we associate with common objects.

Simon Johnston – February 23rd – UT-108, 5pm

Posted on February 23, 2016 by School of Art

P1000613Born in Leamington Spa, England, Simon Johnston was educated at Bath Academy of Art in England and the School of Applied Arts in Basel, Switzerland. He worked at Conran Associates in London, designing projects for Olivetti and the Boiler House Project run by Stephen Bayley, which later became the Design Museum. in 1984 he founded 8vo studio with Mark Holt and Hamish Muir, and instigated and published Octavo Journal of Typography during this period he also taught at Ravensbourne College of Design. Relocating to California in 1989, he opened his own studio, Praxis, working primarily for clients in the arts and cultural field, and began teaching at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. More recent work has focused on design for print, in particular book work for museums and cultural institutions. His work has received numerous awards, including American Association of Museums design awards, Aiga top 50 books, Type Directors Club of New York, ID magazine annual design review, and the American Center for Design 100 show, and has been published in many design books.

Rogelio Gutierrez – November 10th, 5pm, UT-108

Posted on November 4, 2015 by School of Art

La CagasRogelio Gutierrez is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work deals with his experiences as a first generation Mexican-American. Originally from California, he received his BFA in Printmaking from California State University-Long Beach, and his MFA in Visual Art and Public Life with an emphasis in printmaking from Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and Design. He currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Arizona State University-School of Art, where he is the recipient of the 2014/2015 Herberger Institute School of Arts’ Endowed Professor of Art Award. Rogelio has been part of numerous group and solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, as well as public art projects.

As a printmaker, Gutierrez is well versed in traditional methods. As an artist, he allows the idea to direct the process through the use of non-traditional substrates, materials and presentations.


Andy Cooperman – November 3rd, 5pm, UT-108

Posted on October 28, 2015 by School of Art

cooperman_brooch_red_enamel_opal_a_truss_opti“I have considered myself a metalsmith since 1980,” says Andy Cooperman.  “It was in the late ’70’s, as an English major in college in Upstate NY, that I first encountered the field outside of the jewelry and hollowware that I had seen in stores. There was a classroom in the art building (I spent a lot of time in that building) that seemed to contain some sort of focused excitement for the hunched over figures working inside. There was fire and small, strangely specific tools.  The ringing of hammers made me pull open the door and walk inside.

What a shocker it was to see that metal could be sawn, formed and, especially, forged– in a relatively non-industrial place.  And when I saw that it could be approached in ways that made it seem unlike metal– that small, almost animate things could be made with it–I had to get my hands into it.  With a second major in Studio Art, I built a small back bedroom studio, spent some time exploring the very similar field of dental crown and bridge manufacture and  worked at the bench in several jewelry stores. In 1984, I followed my wife Kim to Seattle, Washington. We have been here ever since.

Seattle is a special place for jewelers and metalsmiths.  We have a very strong community of makers who are eager to share what they know and what they think.  And we all seem to like each other. Almost makes the winter gloom bearable.”

Kristen Morgin – October 27th, 5pm, UT-108

Posted on October 21, 2015 by School of Art

KM_HappyTheHammer14_sKristen Morgin’s sculptures, comprised primarily of fired and unfired clay, are true to scale objects. Using unassuming materials to render readily accessible objects, Morgin’s work captures the complexity of the present by way of the past. The corroding surfaces of her objects not only capture the here and now but protrude fragility, mortality and decay.  Ms. Morgin was born in 1968 in Brunswick, GA. Her work was featured in Overthrown: Clay Without Limits, Denver Art Museum, 12th Istanbul Biennial, Huckleberry Finn at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco, Unmonumental at the New Museum in New York, Thing at UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Red Eye at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami. Ms. Morgin lives and works in Gardena, CA. For more information, please go to Marc Selwyn Gallery, or Zach Feuer Gallery.