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Archive for December, 2013

Graphic Design Professor Andrew Byrom Inducted As AGI Life-Time Member

Posted on December 4, 2013 by School of Art

Andrew Byrom, part of the nationally recognized graphic design faculty at CSULB, was recently inducted as a life-time member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).

Founded in the 1960s, AGI unites the world’s leading graphic designers and artists in a professional club of common interest and achievement. Its members have been collectively responsible for the identity design of most of the world’s top corporations and institutions, as well as for countless examples of globally recognized packaging, publications, illustrations and posters.

Membership is through invitation only and each new member must be nominated by at least three current AGI members. Byrom was nominated by six.

“Being elected as a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale is a milestone in my career,” said Byrom, a member of the CSULB faculty since 2006. “Membership isn’t something you can apply for—you must be independently (and secretly) nominated by at least three existing AGI members in your home country. This year there were 70 designers nominated and from them just six were selected as new members. This is a humbling—and at the same time thrilling—statistic. You can imagine my reaction when I received a letter from the AGI main office in Switzerland.”

Byrom credits his work at CSULB with fostering his professional success. “Since arriving at CSULB from Chicago seven years ago, it’s fair to say my career has taken off. I believe this to be a direct result of the support and encouragement that CSULB, the College of the Arts and the staff, students and faculty of our School of Art provides us,” he said. “The ethos of continued professional development and the importance of excelling off campus as well as on is something I continue to appreciate.”

A British-born graphic designer, Byrom’s work explores the conventions of typographic design in three dimensions, using unfamiliar applications, materials and processes to define new forms. Although his work acknowledges typographic conventions and principles, it also addresses more architectural considerations including physical strength and structural integrity.

His clients have included AIGA Los Angeles, Du Magazine, theNew York Times Magazine, Penguin Books, Sagmeister Inc., and UCLA Extension. His work has been exhibited in design venues across the United States, Europe and Asia and has been honored by the Type Directors Club and the AIGA.

–Bethany Price

LA Times Review of Jay Kvapil exhibition at Couturier Gallery

Posted on December 4, 2013 by School of Art

Review: Kvapil’s ceramic vessels vehicles for color and texture

By Leah Ollman

November 21, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Jay Kvapil’s new, variably intriguing ceramic work at Couturier is largely about surface — viscous, painterly glazes and cratered shells. With only a few exceptions, the vessel forms are understated and conventional. They call little attention to themselves and instead serve as vehicles for potent color and assertive texture.

Kvapil titled an earlier series “Pictorial Vessels,” making explicit the priority given to surface as bearer of image or mark. Several works here continue in that vein, their glazes like thick, draping garments extending below the cylindrical body of a cup or vase. One small vase, sheathed in sapphire streaks and flecked with tiny spots of light presents as a hand-held moody nightscape.

Director of the School of Art at Cal State Long Beach (a notable incubator of talent in ceramics), Kvapil experiments avidly with glazes and the results can be striking. The surface of a shapely, 15-inch-high bottle with a pinched waist is delicately puckered like the skin that forms on heated milk. Small, weeping puddles of blood red startle against jade-tinged ivory.

Most of the 60-plus bowls and bottles, jars and pods have densely-pocked skins evocative of elemental forces and geological processes, volcanic events and lunar crusts. They emanate heat and change. Kvapil’s palette is intense and can verge on garish and dated, but plenty of dazzlers can be found in the mix. Among the most striking is a large (28-inch diameter) broad bowl that looks like barely cooled magma. Pitted black and fiery red, it seems to be smoldering still.

Couturier Gallery, 166 N. La Brea Ave., (323) 933-5557, through Nov. 30.
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