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Archive for March, 2010

March 24, 2010: Judith Linhares

Posted on March 24, 2010 by School of Art

Born in Pasadena, California, in 1940, Judith Linhares lives and works in New York City. A working artist since her early teens, Linhares describes a world where dreamy sunlight shines on skeletons. A deep sense of the pastoral in her work is tempered by an acknowledgement of the macabre, a flair for the grotesque, and a sophisticated wit that both sharpens and lightens the images she makes. Her long-established habit of beginning her paintings in abstraction gives her work a solid integrity of composition that few latter-day figurative painters can rival. Meanwhile, she has blended some iconographic tactics of Frida Kahlo and Remedios Varo with the expressionistic power of James Ensor and Edvard Munch. She earned her BFA and MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Her work has been featured in over 30 solo exhibitions and 75 group exhibitions, including the seminal exhibition Bad Painting, curated by Marcia Tucker for the New Museum in 1978.

March 17, 2010: Shamim M. Momin

Posted on March 17, 2010 by School of Art

Shamim M. Momin is director and co-founder of Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), a non-profit art organization launched in 2009. LAND is a public art initiative committed to commissioning and producing site- and situation- specific projects with national and international artists, in Los Angeles and beyond. Prior to starting LAND, Momin was Branch Director and Curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, where she organized five or six exhibitions per year, with a focus on commissioning new work by emerging artists. Momin also served as Associate Curator at the Whitney, co- organizing the 2004 Whitney Biennial. She has written for numerous arts publications, among them Art Review, Flash Art, Tema Celeste. Momin is a graduate of Williams College.

March 10, 2010: Jennifer Steinkamp

Posted on March 10, 2010 by School of Art

Jennifer Steinkamp is an installation artist who works with video and new media in order to explore ideas about architectural space, motion, and perception. Steinkamp uses digital projection to transform architectural space, providing the viewer with a synaesthetic experience, often working in collaboration with musicians Andrew Bucksbarg and Jimmy Johnson to integrate sound into her work. While her career began with brightly colored abstract projections, since 2003 she has increasingly incorporated nature- based imagery into her workÑgnarled trees that twist, turn, and change seasons; rooms filled with undulating strands of flowers. Steinkamp studied at CalArts and ArtCenter in Los Angeles, and has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; The Nevada Museum of Art; and the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, among others. A retrospective of her work opened at the San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art in 2006 and traveled to the Kemper Museum and the Albright-Knox Gallery.

March 3, 2010: Stephanie Syjuco

Posted on March 3, 2010 by School of Art

Stephanie Syjuco is a visual artist whose recent work uses the tactics of bootlegging, re-appropriation, and fictional fabrications to address issues of cultural biography, labor, and economic globalization. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her objects mistranslate and misappropriate iconic symbols, creating frictions between high ideals and everyday materials. This has included re-creating several 1950s Modernist furniture pieces by French designer Charlotte Perriand but using cast-off material and rubbish in Beijing, China; starting a global collaborative project with crochet crafters to counterfeit high-end consumer goods; and photographing models of Stonehenge made from cheap Asian imported food products. Born in the Philippines, she received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in San Francisco.