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CSULB Ceramics Professor Jay Kvapil in New York exhibitions

Posted on May 15, 2017 by School of Art

vessel 2017CSULB Ceramics faculty Jay Kvapil showed twice recently in New York City.  First in November 2016 his work was represented by two Parisian galleries (Gallerie du Passage and Lefebvre et Fils) at the art and design fair, Salon Art + Design.  Then in May 2017  his work was shown by Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami Beach, FL) at Collective Design Fair.  Professor Kvapil is currently busy working on a major one-person exhibition at Magen H. Gallery, New York in conjunction with Lefebvre et Fils for December 2017.


CSULB Lecturer Manny Krakowski in exhibition in Los Angeles

Posted on May 9, 2017 by School of Art

IMG_0909CSULB lecturer Manny Krakoswki will be in a two-person exhibition featuring new installation works by him and Alex Stevens. Presented by Win or Lose LA, the show is titled “Call It What You Want,” and will run from May 13th through June 3rd, 2017.   This show brings together Object Permanence (by Alex), which features a Truck (Troy’s old truck rosebud) stacked on top of a refrigerator with a viewing deck and Close your eyes and Think of Cotton Mouth (by Manny), an architectural steal structure, which houses a dehumidifier with a hand-blown glass cacti chandelier.


CSULB Lecturer Michael Parker in Pop-Up exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum

Posted on May 4, 2017 by School of Art

michaelparker ides archThe Pop-Up Studio at Palm Springs Art Museum presents “The Ides: Radical Cartography” which brings together an exhibition and workshop series for the multi-decade project, ‘The Ides”, by Michael Parker. The exhibition, uses as its foundation the 2016 sculpture “The Ides (arch du triumph) mapped by Vi Ha.”  This first large scale arch in the series, which framed the Port of Los Angeles over the past year, has been cut and reconfigured into inverted plinths to present the next phase of the work: thirty-nine new sets of gestural ceramic sculptures with corresponding robotically carved foam replicas. The replicas are the basis for mixed media sculptures interpreted by collaborators, referred to by Parker as Radical Cartographers. They will attempt to translate each sculptural intervention into future full scale sculptures that frame systems of power.

The Triumphal Arch, originally a sign of conquest flaunting technological and military dominance, is transformed into a collaborative attempt to understand how power and inequality manifest in landscapes. “Radical cartography” takes that power of mapping from the hierarchy and offers it to the less powerful. The workshops and performances for The Ides will address technological advancement: mapping, the hand-made and artificial intelligence. Presented along with the installation is a video that connects robotics, automation and labor disputes in the early 21st Century as bellwethers for naming and framing the “new Empire of Things.”


CSULB Painting Professor Yu Ji in exhibition “Words in Characters; Books as Vehicle”

Posted on April 19, 2017 by School of Art

Folding book with drawings on pagesCSULB Painting Professor Yu Ji is participating in an exhibition entitled Words in Characters; Books as Vehicle at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. “Into the Dust” is the artwork in the exhibition and is meant to be an effort to prevent our memory from fading into oblivion. With words written in Chinese Han characters, the book records the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) that took place 50 years ago. Its scripts, read vertically from right to left, lay a chronology of a human banality capable of tyranny and inflicting pain to others. As a survivor of this Revolution, Yu Ji attempts to use this work to keep our memories alive, as Mr. Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The exhibition will also travel to the East Asia Library of Stanford University later this year.

CSULB Fiber Lecturer Sue Ann Robinson in exhibition at Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles

Posted on April 13, 2017 by School of Art

SARStudioCSULB Fiber Lecturer Sue Ann Robinson will be taking part in an exhibition at the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Entitled Chapters: Book Arts in Southern California the show “is the first full-scale museum survey of the significance of Southern California artists in establishing the field of book arts from the 1960s to the present day.” The exhibition will run from January 29 through May 7, 2017.


CSULB Art Professor Marie Thibeault exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany

Posted on April 5, 2017 by School of Art

bbc31772a7CSULB Painting Professor Marie Thibeault is in a solo exhibition at Von Fraunberg Gallery in Dusseldorf, Germany. The show entitled Illuminations will run from March 23 through April 21, 2017. This is Professor Thibeault’s first exhibition in Germany. Congratulations Professor Thibeault!


CSULB Animation Professor Aubry Mintz to appear on Turner Classic Movies

Posted on March 13, 2017 by School of Art

abry-ellen-TCMCSULB Animation Professor Aubry Mintz will be on the Turner Classic Movie network to showcase a festival of Rare Animation on Sunday, April 9th from 5-9pm. Alongside host Ben Mankiewicz,  Prof. Mintz and Ms. Ellen Besen will be guest presenters of National Film Board of Canada’s Animation films from the forties until the end of the nineties. “Norman MacLaren, Caroline Leaf and Richard Condie are just a few of the animators who’s greatest works will screened. Over the course of the last year, Aubry and Ellen viewed and researched many titles from the NFB archives to create this 4 hour package which includes the work of more than 30 directors working in a variety of techniques.” As Professor Mintz says, “In our research we found wonderful backstage stories for many of our films, more than could be covered in the interview sections of the evening itself… [but] Viewers can take advantage of this additional material – production anecdotes, thoughts on content, notes on historical context – we will be posting some of our favorite bits over the next few weeks on our Facebook page.” Please tune in and enjoy!


CSULB Graphic Design Professor Andrew Byrom lecturing at Helms Design Center, Los Angeles

Posted on March 7, 2017 by School of Art

Layout 1CSULB School of Art Professor Andrew Byrom will be presenting a lecture entitled “Designing and Making” on ‘maker culture’ and its relationship to contemporary design practice at the Helms Design Center, Los Angeles on Wednesday March 15th at 6.45pm. The lecture will be part of a larger program entitled “Designers are Not Makers,” sponsored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Los Angeles. As Professor Byron explains, “The growth we have witnessed in ‘maker’ culture has given us increased access to the tools and information needed to tinker, program, and build custom products and solutions. Manufacturing can now happen on a desktop as easily as in a home workshop. The benefits of stepping away from a computer to work with your hands continues to gain influence in business and culture. Yet, with all the focus on making, it is the designer who gets celebrated once the ‘making’ becomes mass production. As digital technology continues to insert itself into our daily lives, what is the role of the tactile? What is the importance of physical creation in a world of digital technology, virtual reality, 3D printing and rapid prototyping? And where does the act of designing stop, so the role of making can take over?” 

CSULB Prints Professor Roxanne Sexauer: exhibitions, awards, artist residency in Iceland

Posted on March 1, 2017 by School of Art

028%20high%20resCSULB Prints Professor Roxanne Sexier was part of an exhibition Ink and Clay 42, at the W.Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona. Two of her relief prints (on top), respectively titled: “Black Pool,” and “The Bardo” won the Juror’s Choice Ink Award.  A third woodcut print, titled “Susurrus” was also exhibited in the exhibition.

Professor Sexauer also has been an artist-in-residence at the Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in Seydisfjordur, Iceland.  The theme of the residency was entitled “Printing Matter,” and it was organized by Danish Graphic Designer Ase Eg Jorgensen and held in conjunction with the Technical Museum of East Iceland, as an International exploration of artist’s books and book structures. The folded book structure (on bottom) is titled “Strandartindur,” and was created at the residency.

In April, Prof. Sexauer will be working at the Lily Press, in Rockville Maryland, a fine art printmaking atelier, owned and operated by master printer Susan Goldman. While there, she hopes to edition several relief prints based on various sketchbook images which explore pattern and chance operations.

Congratulations Professor Sexauer!


CSULB Alum Kendell Carter in solo exhibition at Edward Cella Art+Architecture

Posted on January 26, 2017 by School of Art

24437_h2048w2048gt.3CSULB Art alum Kendell Carter will be having a solo exhibition entitled Kendell Carter: Marvel at Edward Cella Art+Architecture. The exhibition will open on March 11 and will run until May 6, 2017.
Marvel is an exhibition of cast paintings, sculpture, site-specific installations, and guided meditation by Kendell Carter. “Mr. Carter’s sustained commitment to observing and exploring race, gender, history, and consumer culture manifests in a studio practice that pushes beyond that of a black artist making art about politics, and towards one that acknowledges the rapidly integrating nature of today’s visual culture.” From installations that evoke the legacy of the Jim Crow era to today, to cast paintings with the word “LOVE” scrawled backwards in graffiti, “Carter’s masterfully orchestrated installations connect scale, form, texture, and surface with contemporary socio-cultural realities and historically rooted gestures.” For one installation the gallery floor will feature a large cast latex sculpture of the state of North Carolina which will serve as a mat for a series of meditations on the wrongful shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by Charlotte Mecklenburg police, and the controversy following the North Carolina “bathroom bill.” These meditations will be guided by licensed practitioners T. Dorje Immanuel, Andrea Yarbrough-Morris, and Mackala Lacy. The public is invited to participate in these guided meditations on March 25, 2017 at 2pm. Furthermore, the artist will have a gallery conversation with curator Dr. Jill Moniz will take place on April 8, 2017 at 4pm.