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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!


CSULB Professor Chris Miles in solo exhibition at UC Santa Barbara

Posted on February 12, 2019 by School of Art

UnknownCSULB Ceramics Professor Chris Miles is having a solo exhibition at The College of Creative Studies Gallery at UC Santa Barbara. The show is titled In Form – Sculpture by Christopher Miles and will run from February 11 through March 15, 2019 and will showcase some of Prof. Miles’ ceramic sculptures which are a riot of color and biomorphic shapes and suggestions. Congratulations Prof. Miles!

CSULB Art History Professor Kendall Brown curates show at Pacific Art Museum

Posted on January 31, 2019 by School of Art

98066001CSULB Art History Professor Kendall Brown has curated and exhibition of Modern Japanese Kabuki prints at the USC Pacific Asia Art Museum in Pasadena. The show entitled Tsuruya Kokei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited,  presents all of Kokei’s actor prints from 1984-1993 as well as comparative material which will showcase and explain the complexities of Kabukii—where actors take on multiple roles and males take on female roles—to explore broader questions of self definition and its representation. The exhibition will open on February 8, 2019 and continue through July 14, 2019. Congratulations Professor Brown!

CSULB Art Alum Michael Nannery in Art Project at Flux Art Space, Long Beach

Posted on January 24, 2019 by School of Art

may your skies always be blueCSULB Art Alum Michael Nannery is in an interactive art project at Flux Art Space in Long Beach. The project, entitled May Your Skies Always Be Blue  is an interactive work that began during the Small Works for Living Spaces show at Flux Art Space in December. The project is continuing through early February, with the primary goal being the collection and posting of expressions on the gallery window and walls.  Visitors are invited to engage this participatory work and explore the meditative potential of drawing.  Together, the post-it notes form a color field, likening clear skies and other placid thoughts. Betsy Lohrer Hall, artist and director of Flux Art Space, and Mr. Nannery will alternate as facilitators of this project on the next three Saturdays (1/26, 2/2, and 2/9) between 12pm – 5pm.  The public is invited to join the artist (as well as Betsy Lohrer Hall, artist and director of Flux Art Space) in creating doodles, sketches, and masterpieces on post-it notes during any and all of the Saturdays. Come on by and participate!

CSULB Painting Professor Marie Thibeault in a solo exhibition at Long Beach Art Museum

Posted on January 23, 2019 by School of Art

Conveyance-6-photoshopped-600x494CSULB Painting Professor Marie Thibeault is in a solo exhibition at Long Beach Art Museum. The show is entitled Conveyance: Marie Thibeault, and for this Prof. Thiebault has created several newly commissioned works that reflect on the harbors of San Pedro and Long Beach.  The exhibition will run from January 25 through April 21, 2019.  Congratulations Professor Thibeault!