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CSULB Sculpture Professor Brittany Ransom heading to Mexico for American Arts Incubator

Posted on April 16, 2019 by School of Art

CulturalIdentity-1Professor Brittany Ransom, head of Long Beach State’s Sculpture Program and an artist with a penchant for mixing physical media with high technology, will travel to Pachuca, Mexico this month as the campus’ first faculty member to provide mentorship abroad through the American Arts Incubator project.

Pachuca is the capital city of the Mexican state of Hidalgo, about 60 miles north of Mexico City. While there, Ransom will help participants use technology as means of artistic expression to address topics related to cultural identity and inclusion.

“I will lead four different workshops while working with CITNOVA (a Mexican agency). One example is a project that explores audible stories through e-textiles where participants will use materials like conductive thread, microcontrollers and programmable audio recorders to create and explore personal narrative and histories through wearable technologies and garments,” Ransom said.

CITNOVA, which is based in Hidalgo and boosts science and technology, is supporting Ransom’s work in Pachuca. Ransom also is receiving support from U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which sponsors American Arts Incubator missions to several countries, as well as ZERO1, an arts nonprofit that manages the program for the State Department.

ZERO1 compares its approach to arts education to the way business incubators support start-up companies. In this sense, ZERO1 awards small amounts of funding to workshop participants to foster works that blend technology with their respective artistic visions.

Ransom’s visit is being billed as an opportunity for participants to work with modern fabrication technologies such as e-textiles, laser cutting and CNC machining, and that “the overall goal of these workshops is to allow participants to use these new methods to create narrative-based projects that focus on cultural identity.”

Ransom works in different physical media while creating her own artworks. She uses advanced technologies, such as 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC milling machines to produce materials, and has created multiple works involving living insects.

“I am someone who works between a number of materials and evolving digital tools and processes,” Ransom said.

Ransom’s oeuvre includes Primitive Borders, a large ant habitat in which, according the artist’s website, insects and their interactions invite viewers to think about human social relationships and conflicts; Fossilized Guilt, which includes a CNC-milled replica of a fossilized tooth that was discovered on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard; and Jaw Jabblrs, a collection of electronic dog toys designed to help dogs communicate to people.

CSULB Photography professor Mark Ruwedal has archive acquired by Stanford University

Posted on April 5, 2019 by School of Art

eiStanford University has acquired CSULB Photography professor Mark Ruwedel’s archive for its Libraries’ Department of Special Collections. The Stanford Libraries launched a new program within its Department of Special Collections focused solely on developing a rich photographic research and teaching collection. The Photography Initiative will acquire and preserve works from diverse groups of photographers, including Arthur Tress andMark Ruwedel, who recently placed their archives at Stanford. “The Photography Initiative demonstrates an institutional commitment from Stanford Libraries to our community and art form,” said Ruwedel, winner of the Scotiabank Photography Award (2014) and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2014). “In the past year, my prints have already been incorporated into classes. It is reassuring to know your work will be cared for and actually studied.” The distinguished artist recently received the Scotiabank Photography Award, a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and is one of four finalists for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize. Other artists whose archives are at Stanford include Carlton Watkins, Laura Aguilar and Allen Ginsberg.

Congratulations Prof. Ruwedal!!!

CSULB Design students place 2nd and 3rd in Adobe Creative JAM UX/UI design competition

Posted on April 5, 2019 by School of Art

thumbnail_image002 In March, students from CSULB ended up winning the 2nd and the 3rdprizes for Adobe Creative JAM which was a multi-campus online UX/UI design competition. This specific Creative Jam challenge involved a mobile product that would better the life of immigrants in the United States, be it finding immigrant-friendly service providers, getting assistance with legal paperwork, or simply forming a community and a support network. One of the Creative Jam’s main requirements is a multidisciplinary nature of the teams, ensuring that there are students coming from various college career paths, including design, psychology, computer engineering, and a multitude of others. Because design problems are not reserved solely for designers anymore. Along with students from CSULA and Cal Poly Pomona, CSULB had 54 students participating who were handed out the brief and by the end of the day had to present to their peers and a panel of judges how they plan on tackling the issue at hand. After the first day of the competition, 12 teams (6 from CSU Long Beach, 3 from Cal Poly Pomona, and 3 from CSU Los Angeles) made it through to the finals and got to continue working on their proposed solutions. After a long night of hard work, brainstorming, lively discussions, and relentless yawning, the teams presented to a second panel of judges–and the winning teams were announced.

Congratulations to all students involved!!!

2nd Place: Cal State Long Beach
Don Manalo
Emily Duong
Oscar Hernandez Ortega
Chanel Villanueva

3rd Place: Cal State Long Beach
Su Moe
Hector Garcia
Yuji Shiraiwa
Rip Kal
Evan Heenan

CSULB Wood Professor Ryan Taber in solo exhibition at Torrance Art Museum

Posted on April 1, 2019 by School of Art

1500wCSULB Wood Professor Ryan Taber is having solo exhibition at Torrance Art Museum. Entitled Auratic Geometries: A Grammar of Period Furniture and Periodic Eversion the show features works from a number of Taber’s ongoing projects that explore the cultural and economic significance, mythologies and representations of historic furniture and decorative objects. Throughout the exhibition, these works reference designs from the 1790s through the 1960s that have played an important role in defining the design history and cultural identity of the Americas from the colonial occupation through the end of the Modern period. Some of these pieces are based on designs that originated in other geographies and cultures and were adopted and ideologically repurposed in new colonial territories. Others are the product of individuals and groups searching for a new design language to define a different way of living in a new world. The works in this exhibition consider conditions and processes that imbue furniture objects with ideologies through the intention of designers and patrons, historical narratives and mythologies. The exhibition will run from March 30 through May 17, 2019.

Congratulations Prof. Taber!

CSULB Sculpture Professor Brittany Ransom in exhibition at Nook Gallery

Posted on March 15, 2019 by School of Art

f8c34e4a-05b1-49a7-8cf5-c84c3f1458e7CSULB Sculpture Professor Brittany Ransom will be in a group exhibition at the Nook Gallery in Inglewood, California, alongside artists Sharon Levy and Louie Shirase. Entitled Message in the Trees, the show will feature multimedia works from leafy kinetic-sculptures to animated 3-D scans which will depict the life cycles of plants and their inhabitants as stripped-down line-workings, imprinted codes, and the languages of layered branches. For the exhibition, Ransom offers three photographs titled Tracks 1, Tracks 2, and Tracks 3. These depict brightly lit trails along stumps of wood in the forest. The wood is carved by bark beetles’ feeding paths and movements as small beams of light wrapping around the wood. Through a process of slow exposure, the beetles’ imprints create streams of light that look like car traffic. Accompanying cast resin sculptures, titled Field Casts, Set 1, depict the wood left behind as stone-like artifacts of scripture written by beetles. Ransom’s other 3D prints and photogrammetry (3D scan) reveal a different part of the outlined bark through striated lines of color and texture showing the beetles’ pathway as anaglyphs of mesh. If there were ever a time for us to be listening to nature, it is now. The exhibition will run from March 23 through April 30, 2019.

Congratulations Prof. Ransom!

CSULB Alum Anastasiia Raina is featured on AIGA’s Eye on Design

Posted on March 13, 2019 by School of Art

letter grid formed by slime moldCSULB Art Alum Anastasiia Raina is featured on the American Institute of Graphic Arts Eye on Design today for innovative work she is doing with her students at the Rhode Island Institute of Design. In an article entitled “What Does Post-Human Design Really Mean?“, Professor Raina discusses everything from robots to Artificial Intelligence to Black Hole typography in a quest to explain “what would ‘human-centered design’ mean in a future where our client-partners are robots, or even non-human lifeforms?” Fascinating work Professor Raina! Congratulations!

CSULB Painting Alum Narsiso C Martínez has solo exhibition at SCC Art Gallery

Posted on March 7, 2019 by School of Art

narsiso scc reclaimed agricultureCSULB Painting Alum Narsiso C Martínez will have a solo exhibition at Santiago Canyon College Art Gallery. The show is entitled Recalimed Agriculture and will run from March 19 through April 17, 2019. The artworks “attempt to create compositions that allow Martínez to reflect on the disparities of social lifestyles and the questionable economic systems that contribute to it.”

Congratulations Mr. Martínez!

CSULB Professor Emeritus Todd Gray selected to be in 2019 Whitney Biennial

Posted on February 27, 2019 by School of Art

DpjJsMtWkAEDwFoCSULB Photography Professor Emeritus Todd Gray has been selected to be in the 2019 Whitney Biennial! Curated by Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta, the show will run from May 17 to September 22, 2019. In a statement, Hockley said this year’s show—the Biennial’s 79th edition—will focus on “the mining of history in order to reimagine the present or future, a profound and sustained consideration of questions of equity along financial, racial, and sexual lines, a concern with climate change, and explorations of the vulnerability of the body.”

A huge congratulations to Prof. Gray on this accomplishment!


CSULB Assistant Professor Katie Grinnan to have performance at Palm Springs Museum

Posted on February 27, 2019 by School of Art

Instruments in studioCSULB Assistant Professor in Sculpture Katie Grinnan will be included in an event called Desert, Why? presented by Desert X and the Palms Springs Art Museum. Her performance entitled 5 Seconds of Dreaming will be performed with Kozue Matsumoto and Eugene Moon on March 3rd, 2019 at 5pm in the Annenberg Theatre at the Palm Springs Art Museum. In 5 Seconds of Dreaming, Grinnan uses readings from an EEG device during her 2015 sleep study. These five seconds of the electrical waves or delta brainwaves are extracted from an eight-hour stream of data. In this final version of her series, an instrument will be created and performed, playing the information housed in two quadrants of her neural networks that control sensory information and motion. Most of these parts are quieter during sleep and relate more to translating the external world. The composition will be dictated by the structure of the data translated into notes and improvisations determined by the musicians. Congratulations Prof. Grinnan!

CSULB Art Lecturers Michael Parker and Todd Ciborowski create public sculptures for City of Los Angeles

Posted on February 27, 2019 by School of Art

Unknown-1CSULB Art lecturers Michael Parker and Todd Ciborowski have created a public sculpture for the Los Angeles Art Commission. The artwork entitled 5 UP: 5-14-138 San Andreas Break exists in two locations, with the first at the George Lane Skatepark, where the artists envisioned a skateable sculpture that pays hommage to skate boarders as explorers of the built environment. Along with its companion sculpture at Castaic Skate Park, the artists utilized a digitized topography of the area between the two parks- bounded by the 5, 14 and 138 roadways- to create a concrete element that is integrated into the park’s skate path. Facing the entrace to the skate park, the seven foot high element presents this cast, three-dimensional map, while the opposing face of the vertical sculpture becomes a quarter-pipe skate feature.  To celebrate, the Arts Commission and the office of LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger invite the public to attend the opening of the Castaic Regional Sports Complex Skatepark, which includes a dedication of newly commissioned artwork on February 27, 2019.

Congratulations to both Mr. Parker and Mr. Ciborowksi and the lucky skateboarders in both neighborhoods!