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CSULB Art History Lecturer Julia Friedman in conversation with Dave Hickey at Hammer Museum and Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

Posted on May 2, 2016 by School of Art

DaveHickeybyTobyKamps-968x656CSULB Art History Lecturer Julia Friedman will be taking part in UCLA Hammer Conversations: Art Critic Dave Hickey & Art Historian Julia Friedman at the Hammer Museum, on May 11, 2016. For the UCLA talk, Mr. Hickey and Dr. Friedman will present Hickey’s new books Wasted Words: The Essential Dave Hickey Online Compilation and Dustbunnies: Dave Hickey’s Online Aphorisms, which Dr. Friedman both compiled and edited. Between June 2014 and April 2015, Dave Hickey posted almost 3,000 digital comments on social media, prompting nearly 700,000 words in response from art lovers, acolytes, and skeptics. Wasted Words is an unedited comprehensive transcript of these exchanges. Its pendant publication, Dustbunnies, distills Hickey’s richly aphoristic comments, extracted from various discussion threads. Unlike Wasted Words, which is inherently contextual and discursive, Dustbunnies stresses the timeless character of Hickey’s unique authorial voice. Always provocative and often shocking, Hickey’s pronouncements are perfectly suited for the jab-like nature of the social media platform. In a delightfully ironic twist of fate, some two decades after the onset of the digital revolution, a critic known for his paragraph-long verbal riffs blasts away at digital natives in the under-140-character idiom they understand. Dr. Friedman will also be participating in another talk with the celebrated Art Critic on his book 25 Women: Essays on Their Art which “constitutes a body of work that reflects Hickey’s deep and prolonged engagement with influential contemporary artists.” The event will take place at the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel courtyard, in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 12.

CSULB Fiber Assistant Professor Diedrick Brackens in solo exhibition at Steve Turner Gallery

Posted on April 22, 2016 by School of Art

pntg-bra.006473bCSULB Fiber Assistant Professor Diedrick Brackens will have a solo show at the Steve Turner Gallery in Santa Monica from April 30 through May 28, 2016. The exhibition entitled No More Trauma (after the Mary J. Blige album No More Drama) will feature weavings that incorporate techniques drawn from European tapestries, West African weavings and Southern quilts. “The exhibition title refers to Mary J. Blige’s album No More Drama which marked a turning point in her career as she moved away from bluesy, tragic, heartbreaking songs towards more upbeat ones. In a similar vein, Brackens has worked through political protest and personal pain in creating these new compositions that incorporate joy, pleasure and imagination.”

CSULB Art Professor Marie Thibeault exhibition in London

Posted on April 22, 2016 by School of Art

593_1000CSULB Painting Professor Marie Thibeault will be in a exhibition at Gallery Elena Shchukina in London, England. The show entitled Neon Baylon pairs Prof. Thibeault with American artist Kimber Berry and will run from April 21 through May 26, 2016. The exhibition explores, “the modern condition and our relationship with the environment in the modern age,” with vibrantly colored paintings that touch on the sublime, and the entropy that wears it all down.

CSULB Painting Professor Fran Siegel in solo exhibition in NYC

Posted on March 30, 2016 by School of Art

Drawing of cityscapeCSULB Painting Professor Fran Siegel has a solo exhibition entitled Infrastructure at the Lesley Heller Workplace in New York City. The show runs from April 10 through May 15, 2016 and will feature collaged drawings and wall sculptures of urban plans, cityscapes, oft-kiltered structures, jerry-rigged and shifting in their perspectives and materials. Professor Siegel also is concurrently in these group exhibitions as well: Urbanature  at Art Center College of Art & Design’s Williamson Gallery in Pasadena, through May 8; Demarcate- Territorial Shift in Personal and Societal Mapping at the ICA San Jose, through May 28; and Place at the Equity Gallery, New York City, May 4 through June 18, 2016. Congratulations Professor Siegel!

CSULB Animation Professor Aubry Mintz interviews Directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson

Posted on March 1, 2016 by School of Art

Picture of hand adjusting animation puppetCSULB Animation Professor Aubry Mintz along with Ellen Besen interviewed the directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson on their Oscar nominated animation movie Anomalisa. The interview, entitled “Anomalisa and the Art of Subtle Exaggeration” covers how these directors have taken a fresh look at stop motion animation.


CSULB Ceramics Professor Jay Kvapil to have solo exhibition in Paris, France

Posted on February 29, 2016 by School of Art

ceramic vesselCSULB Ceramic Professor Jay Kvapil will be having a solo exhibition of new ceramic work at Gallerie Lefebvre & Fils, in Paris, France. Entitled Jay Kvapil // Luna. In addition, Prof. Kvapil was also accepted for The Residency at the Lefebvre studio in Versailles, France for summer 2017. The exhibition will run from March 30 through May 21, 2016.

Felicitations Professor Kvapil!

CSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray in Made in L.A. 2016 at Hammer Museum

Posted on January 21, 2016 by School of Art

made in la copyCSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray will be participating in the Hammer Museum’s third biennial entitled Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only. The exhibition will open on June 12 and run through August 28, 2016. The exhibition “addresses Los Angeles as a center of activity inseparable from the global network of art production and reveals how artists move fluidly between contexts and respond to their local conditions.” Congratulations Prof. Gray!

CSULB Print Professor Roxanne Sexauer in three exhibitions across USA

Posted on January 13, 2016 by School of Art

Banner copyCSULB Prints Professor Roxanne Sexauer is in a three exhibitions across the country. First is a solo  exhibition entitled Taproot at the Brandstater Gallery, La Sierra University in Riverside, California. It will showcase Sexauer’s woodcut prints and will run through February 11, 2016.

Prof. Sexauer will also participate in a Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio Artist-in-Residence Survey at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota. A true gem, the Hannaher’s, Inc. Print Studio is one of a handful of printmaking studios around the nation located in an art museum, and the exhibition will run through February 6, 2016.

Lastly, she will be in the group show Midwest Matrix: Texas at the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, Art Gallery located at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. This exhibition of contemporary prints by over 20 artists celebrates the individual artist-professors who contributed significantly to the now-celebrated post-WWII printmaking revival in America, and their students who have spread the rigorous Midwest print traditions throughout the United States.

Prof. Sexauer also had an Artist’s Residency at the Black Church Print Studio located in Dublin, Ireland last summer through the award of a CSULB Small Faculty Travel Grant. Located in the Temple Bar area of Dublin, the Black Church Print Studio is an artistic collective and one of the leading contemporary fine art print studios in Ireland. Congratulations Professor Sexauer!


CSULB Art Alumna Brenna Youngblood in exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery

Posted on January 8, 2016 by School of Art

aderunner0360by_72dpiCSULB alumna Brenna Youngblood will be presenting her third solo show at Honor Fraser Gallery in Culver City. The show is entitled, “What A Feeling ” and will run from January 16 through February 20, 2016. “Exploring the materials and techniques of painting, photography and collage, Brenna Youngblood flirts with the narrative potential of abstraction by combining mediums within the picture plane.”

CSULB Ceramics alum Matt Wedel in solo show at L.A Louver

Posted on December 17, 2015 by School of Art

matt-wedel-MW15-31-A_72CSULB Ceramics alum Matt Wedel is having a solo exhibition at L.A. Louver Gallery. The show entitled Peaceable Fruit is Wedel’s second exhibition at the gallery and  will be on display from November 18  through December 30, 2015. Congratulations!

Christopher Knight’s L.A. Times review of the show!