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March 11 – Panel Discussion on Argentine Conceptual Artist David Lamelas

Posted on March 5, 2015 by School of Art


Panel Discussion, Curating / Narrating Contemporary Art: The Case of Argentine Conceptual Artist David Lamelas

David Lamelas has a restless and peregrinating artistic practice that addresses the parameters of time and space. He has investigated these topics in a range of post-minimalist installations, performances, photos, and films since his participation in Argentina’s nascent avant-garde during the early 1960s. Born in Argentina, David Lamelas, lived in London before he moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Since the 1960s, David Lamelas has been among the most important proponents of a conceptual approach to art. His early structuralist films and media installations, made in the ’60s and ’70s, display a highly individual treatment of time and space. In his projects, Lamelas deals with the question of the limits of art’s temporality, and its potential for creating alternative processes of communication and cognition. Recent solo exhibitions include Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2008); Wien Secession, Vienna (2006); and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2005). He was part of the group exhibition The Quick and the Dead at the Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis (2009).

Liz Collins – March 4, 2015

Posted on February 28, 2015 by School of Art

Liz Collins is a New York City-based artist and designer best known for her installation and performance project KNITTING NATION, and her amazing knit textiles and fashions. She is also a revered and sought-after teacher, and has taught and lectured at some of the best art and design schools in the US. Collins has had solo exhibitions at AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Occidental College, Los Angeles; Textile Arts Center, New York; AS220, Providence, RI; and the Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee. Her work has also been included in numerous exhibitions at institutions including the ICA Boston; Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York; the Museum of FIT, New York; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museum of Modern Art; and the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York. Collins’ awards include a United States Artist Target Fellowship (2006) and a MacColl Johnson Fellowship (2011), and residencies at Haystack, Yaddo, Shetland College, QueerArts Zagreb and AIR Alaska. Collins designed her own fashion line from 1999-2004, showing during New York Fashion Week; becoming a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America; and selling her collections in the high fashion designer market to influential New York style outlets like Barneys and Kirna Zabete. Collins received both her BFA and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and was an Associate Professor there from 2003-2013. She has been a guest lecturer and critic at many art & design colleges including Pratt Institute; Maryland Institute College of Art; School of Art Institute of Chicago; Vermont College of Fine Arts; School of Visual Arts; Parsons the New School for Design; and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University. For more info, please click here.

Jorge R. Gutierrez – February 18, 2015

Posted on February 12, 2015 by School of Art

Jorge R. Gutierrez (1975) is a Mexican animator, painter, writer & director who, along with his wife and muse Sandra Equihua, created the multiple Annie & Emmy Award winning animated television series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon. Born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, illustrations and paintings exploring his love affair with Mexican pop and folk culture.

Gutierrez attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he received his BFA & MFA in Experimental Animation under Jules Engel. There he created the 3D short Carmelo, which won the 2001 Student Emmy Award in animation and was screened at various festivals around the world, including Kodak’s Emerging Filmmakers Program at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. In 2000, Gutierrez worked under animation legend Maurice Noble, for the art direction of Chuck Jones’ Timberwolf for Warner Bros. In 2001, he began creating  Jorge Gutierrez’ El Macho, an animated web series for Sony Pictures. Gutierrez has also done character design for many animated series including Nickelodeon’s ChalkZone, as well as WB’s ¡Mucha Lucha!, and Disney’s The Buzz on Maggie for which he was nominated for a 2006 Annie Award in character design. As a writer, he’s worked on Scholastic’s Maya & Miguel as well as Disney’s Brandy & Mr. Whiskers. Gutierrez won two Annie Awards (Best TV Animated show & Best TV Character Design) and one Emmy (Best TV Character Design) working on El Tigre. He also created some of the sketches in Cartoon Network’s Mad. Most recently, Gutierrez co-wrote and directed the animated feature The Book of Life for Reel FX and 20th Century Fox. The film was released on October 17, 2014. He earned his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film in 2014.

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John Cederquist – February 11, 2015

Posted on February 9, 2015 by School of Art

Reality and illusion brilliantly merge in John Cederquist’s fine art furniture. Free-standing cabinets in the shape of kimonos and other two- and three-dimensional works are infused with vivid imagery that constantly shifts viewpoints without warning or logic. Flat surfaces come to life and form no longer follows function. A master of deception, the artist’s inspiration comes from diverse sources: Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, Popeye cartoons and popular iconography from the East and West; all adding to the dreamlike quality of Cederquist’s ingeniously constructed pieces.

John Cederquist is widely recognized for masterful plays on dimensional illusion in his sculpture and furniture pieces. Born in 1946 in Altadena, CA, Cederquist received his B.A. in 1969 and M.A. in 1971 at California State University at Long Beach. He was granted two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, in 1975 and 1986. In 2002, he was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows. The Furniture Society of America honored Cederquist with the prestigious Award of Distinction in 2010. His work can be found in numerous museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. His studio is located in Capistrano, CA. To see more, visit the artist’s website:

February 4, 2015 – Cindy Kolodiejski

Posted on February 2, 2015 by School of Art

Like a biology lab run by a Surrealist, Cindy Kolodziejski’s studio in Venice, California demonstrates the mind of the artist at her most provocative. Born in 1962 in Augsburg, Germany, Kolodziejski is known for her fusions of two-dimensional imagery with Duchampian three-dimensional objects she has found, modified, or created. Her integration of these disparate elements can be so seamless that, according to David Pagel of the Los Angeles Times, “It’s hard to distinguish between the found and the fabricated.”

The artist’s materials vary wildly, and include painted earthenware surfaces, embroidered fabrics, glassware, laboratory equipment and all manner of readymade objects, which she laughingly admits to searching for on sites such as eBay. Despite her deep roots in the world of ceramics, having studied under Ralph Bacerra during her undergraduate work at Otis and then with Tony Marsh at Long Beach, Kolodziejski has found an expansive freedom in her diverse sourcing of materials.

Her subjects range just as widely, although over the course of 20 years Kolodziejski has maintained a distinctive mixture of anatomical, botanical, figurative, and text-based imagery. Indeed, it is not so much the specific themes with which she engages that distinguish her work, but her idiosyncratic and often jarring juxtapositions of elements.

Kolodziejski first attracted critical attention in the 1990s, for works that transposed often suggestive imagery and social commentary onto more traditional vessel forms. As time passed, her forms have become increasingly original, as demonstrated by her Specimens series, which include vintage laboratory equipment and her Portraits of Sorts and Curiosities, a collection of small-scale framed works.

Cindy Kolodziejski’s work is internationally represented in major museum collections, such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the National Museum of History in Taipei, Taiwan. She has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions in the United States for over 25 years.

December 3 – Rebecca Morris

Posted on November 20, 2014 by School of Art

Based in her hometown of Los Angeles, Rebecca Morris is an abstract painter of uncommon inventive powers.  Her large canvases incorporate drawn elements—linear gesture, repetitive line, intimations of depth—but in a distinctly painterly manner, with great sensitivity to facture and tonality.  Indeed, drawing has always been a significant part of Morris’s process; she periodically takes time out to execute a body of drawings, and these highly coloristic works refresh and inspire her painting.  Dazzling and often quite humorous, Morris’s drawings show her special manner of using formal means to prod and pry at other kinds of meaning, be they connotative, emotional, or literal.  Blocks of color, splatter, loose grids of varying line weight, washes and deft use of resist, occasional words and dates spelled in sweeping strokes – these are works that span available techniques and materials for potency and deliver the goods.  The paintings are utterly delicious, compiling fragments into a constellation or luring with the possibility of resolution, then holding out, like a dissonant last chord.

She received her BA from Smith College, her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is represented by Galerie Barbara Weiss (Berlin, Germany) and Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago). Her solo exhibitions include: The Bonnefanten Museum (The Netherlands); Kunsthalle Lingen (Germany); The Renaissance Society (Chicago); Galerie Barbara Weiss (Berlin); Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago); Harris Lieberman, (New York); The Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica).Group exhibitions include: The 2014 Whitney Biennial (New York); David Zwirner Gallery (New York); The Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (Switzerland); Friedrich Petzel (New York); The Hessel Art Museum (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York); The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); Night Gallery (Los Angeles); Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Venus Over Manhattan (New York); Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York); Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis); Participant Inc. (New York); Grieder Contemporary (Zurich); and Donald Young Gallery (Chicago).

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November 19 – Stephanie Dotson

Posted on November 13, 2014 by School of Art

Stephanie Dotson’s works explore the language of materials in search of transformation, flip flopping in the intersections where the 2-d mark, sculpture and textile art meet. Stephanie Dotson has a strong interest in the multiple, recent work applies the multiple to the classic braided rug, creating a new, almost opposite narrative for the familiar subject matter. The rug work is an extension of the roots of her resin cast paintings, which are composed of illustrations of brush strokes reminiscent of film cell animation. Born and raised in the Midwest, she has an affinity for Americana and the significance art and craft materials from her childhood.

Stephanie Dotson received her MFA degree at the University of Georgia (Athens, GA) with highest distinction and her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute where she honed her methodology in intermedia studies. Solo exhibitions of her work have appeared at the Three Walls Gallery, Chicago; Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta; Vox populi Gallery, Philadelphia and the Christina Ray Gallery, New York. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center, the Vermont Studio Center and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. When not in the studio, Dotson is a proud mom and Associate Professor of Printmaking at Santa Barbara City College

 Stephanie Dotson:

November 12 – Charles Long

Posted on November 6, 2014 by School of Art

Charles Long is an internationally exhibited artist with over forty solo shows at such venues as SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jarla Partilager, Berlin, The Contemporary in Austin, Austin Texas, the St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; Sperone Gallery, Rome; London Projects, UK and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in NYC.

His work has been included in many significant museum exhibitions such as the 1997 and 2008 Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art New York; Open Ends, The Museum of Modern Art; NYC. Performance Anxiety, MCA, Chicago; Happiness, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Arte Contemporáneo Internaciona, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; ART/MUSIC: rock, pop, and techno Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Almost Warm and Fuzzy, Des Moines Art Center, The Shape of Color: Excursions in Color Field Art, AGO/Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; Gone Formalism, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Grants, two Pollock-Krasner Grants and a Louis Comfort Tiffany grant. Long has taught at the California Institute of the Arts, Art Center College of Art and Design, Otis College of Art and Design and Harvard University.

Long’s sculptures have explored the abstract autonomous art object as a psychological investigation into the nature self and others and have been made from diverse media such as coffee grounds, rubber and hair from Abraham Lincoln. He has collaborated with pop musicians such as Stereolab, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and with the renown choreographer Merce Cunningham. Since his relocation from NYC to LA Long’s work has been inspired by the Los Angeles River which runs adjacent to his studio. Each year, after the furious flood season, a verdant and abundant growth of grasses, thickets, and trees emerges from the discarded office furniture, bedsprings, and shopping carts that get washed into the concrete channel providing a providing a dwelling for mallards, osprey, crayfish and heron. Captivated by the river and inspired by its unbiased intermingling of these elements, Long creates photographs, video and sculpture in and about the river and the myriad of imagery and meanings it offers.

Charles Long is represented by the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NYC, NY. For more information:

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November 5 – Akio Takamori

Posted on October 23, 2014 by School of Art

Akio Takamori was born and raised in Japan. He has been exhibiting in the United States, Europe and Asia since the mid 1980s. Takamori received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976 and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 1978.

Takamori’s recent solo exhibitions include Ground (2013), at James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA and Equivalent (2013), at Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland.

Takamori’s work is included in numerous collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Los Angels County Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Ariana Museum in Geneva, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grants (1986, 1988, 1992), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2006), and the USA Ford Fellowship (2011). Takamori lives and works in Seattle where he has a studio.

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October 22 – Philip Ross

Posted on October 9, 2014 by School of Art

Philip Ross is an artist, inventor, and scholar whose internationally awarded and exhibited research is focused on biomaterial design and life support technologies. A thought leader on biomimicry, Philip’s innovations are globally recognized as foundational to the invention of mycotecture, the practice of building with mushroom materials. His work has recently been showcased by the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley’s Zero1, the Moscow Biennale, and Germany’s Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. In 2013, his mycelium-based furniture won Ars Electronica’s Award of Distinction for Hybrid Art. Philip has been a visiting lecturer and professor at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of San Francisco.

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