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Archive for April, 2012

April 18, 2012: Sarah Conaway

Posted on April 12, 2012 by School of Art

Sarah Conway

Sarah Conaway received her MFA in Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. The aesthetic of Conaway’s images is indebted to the visual history of art, from the playful psychologies of Surrealists such as Man Ray, to the structured spirituality of Modernists like Constantin Brancusi. Her use of this visual language is at once irreverent and an homage. In discussing her work, Conaway references ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, in which balance, order, and impermanence are paramount. The transitory nature of Conaway’s subjects references the instability of life and the passage of time, yet her work is not invested in Barthes’ concept of the petit mort. Instead, Conaway is interested in evoking and harnessing an intangible kinetic energy through still images that are pregnant with motivation.

Conaway’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the US and abroad, including Opposition is Essential, Julia Friedman Gallery, New York (solo); New Symmetrical Works, Julia Friedman Gallery, Chicago (solo); Post Rose: Artists In and Out of Hazard Park, Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin; I Am Eyebeam, Gallery 400, Chicago; and When Darkness Falls, Midway Gallery of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis. She has also curated numerous exhibitions under the auspices of Destroyer, Inc. in Los Angeles and Chicago. Conaway lives and works in Los Angeles.

May 2, 2012: Kelly Nipper

Posted on April 12, 2012 by School of Art

Kelly Nipper

Kelly Nipper received her MFA from California Institute of Art & Design in 1995. Nipper is an artist who “uses choreography to shape [her] ideas about space and time and weather and emotions.” She works with videos, installations, and live performances to explore the moving human form through deliberate, ritualized gestures. Nipper often integrates detailed notation systems and vocal directives with choreography and repetitive movements.

Nipper has shown in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include: Tramway, Glasgow Scotland (2012); Francesca Kaufman, Milan, Italy (2010); Migros Museum für Lenenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland. Additionally, Nipper was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Her awards include: the Center for Cultural Innovation (2010), Performa Commission (2007), and the Alberta Prize for Visual Art, San Diego (2007).

Exhibition Co-curated by School of Art Graduate Student Wins National Award

Posted on April 3, 2012 by School of Art

Elizabeth Anne Hanson, a graduate student in the MA Art History program and the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate program, shares the honor with University Art Museum Director Chris Scoates.

“Perpetual Motion: Michael Goldberg,” the winning exhibit, was on view at the University Art Museum (UAM) from September-December, 2010. It was curated by Hanson and Scoates.

On March 15, the American chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) announced the winners of its annual AICA Awards honoring artists, curators and institutions for excellence in art exhibitions of the previous season (June 2010-June 2011. The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach was recognized for “Best Show in a University Gallery” for its 2010 exhibit “Perpetual Motion: Michael Goldberg.” Two exhibits were chosen as winners in each of the 12 categories, and were selected by the 400 critics and other art experts who make up the association’s membership.  The University Art Museum shares its recognition with the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.  Of the 24 awardees, only 3 California museums or galleries were selected – the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Regen Projects, and the CSULB University Art Museum.

“To be acknowledged in the “Best Show in a University Gallery” category is so meaningful,” Scoates said. “The award, however, really goes to the entire UAM staff, who worked exceptionally hard to realize this important exhibition. For a small museum, this big award proves, once again, that we punch well above our weight.

The show, which ran at the UAM from September 9-December 12, 2010, was an in-depth survey and a tribute to the artist Michael Goldberg (1924-2007). Goldberg’s body of work began in the 1940s with blunt, decisive, geometric shapes of primary color, and grew into a more gestural approach in the years that followed. He pushed the boundaries imposed upon second-generation Abstract Expressionists for more than 50 years. An abstract painter of the New York School, Goldberg was highly influenced by the works of Willem de Kooning, Arshille Gorky, and Clyfford Still. The award-winning and critically acclaimed exhibit spanned six decades of his prolific career, and included over 30 large-scale paintings and works on paper, including four seminal works from the UAM Gordon F. Hampton Collection.

“That this exhibition should be honored – as it has been by the AICA – speaks to Goldberg’s impact on a post-war, and distinctly American approach to painting,” explained Hanson.