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Archive for March, 2014

CSULB Ceramics Alum Matt Wedel in show at LA Louver

Posted on March 21, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Cermaics alumni Matt Wedel has a sculpture installation in the Skyroom at L.A. Louver Gallery. Entitled Portrait, 2013, the large ceramic work of  a young girl’s head stands at over six-and-a-half feet tall, and is glazed in colors that mimic a bronze sculpture, with oxidized coppery green highlights. The exhibition will be up from March 13 until April 26, 2014. For more exhibition information, click here; and for the artist’s website here.

March 26th – Olga Koumoundouros

Posted on March 20, 2014 by School of Art

Olga Koumoundouros’ provocative practice actively engages ideas of labor, class and human sustenance that shake the very core of the American Dream. The artist’s dexterity and commitment to materiality is her tour de force. Working with industrial materials–plywood, corrugated fiberglass, plaster and tar, among others–Koumoundouros’ sculptural objects and installations resonate with brute, elegant force, exploring the many social, economic and political ideologies that shape our relationship to both past and present. In A Roof Upended (2007), a project the artist undertook in Bellevue, Wash., she recovered sections of asphalt shingle from a derelict ranch-style house and reconstructed the roof tilted on end, supported by columns of stacked cans of beans filled with concrete. Here, the artist explored the tension between development and community, while contemplating the displacement of people and their histories.

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CSULB Art Instructor Michael Parker creates large public Artwork on L.A. River

Posted on March 14, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Art instructor Michael Parker is working on a large-scale artwork along the banks of the L.A. River, based on the largest obelisk ever excavated  in Egypt. Entitled “The Unfinished”, the work is a 137-foot replica of the original Ancient Egyptian archeological site in Aswan, Egypt that was thought to have begun by Pharaoh Hatshepsut in the 16th year of her reign, and would have been the largest obelisk ever erected, were it not for cracks in the bedrock. Fast forward 3500 years and another unfinished obelisk is being created by Parker along with CSULB students, including Graduate Students from the Archeology department who assisted in surveying the site. The artwork will officially open Saturday, March 15 at 4pm until sunset. For more information, please click on the stories here,  here, & here.

March 19th – Ayomi Yoshida

Posted on March 14, 2014 by School of Art

Ayomi Yoshida is an artist who seeks to cross borders between art and design. Born to an illustrious Japanese family comprised of three generations of painters and print-makers, she challenged woodblock conventions by making installations that utilize prints, blocks and even wood chips. More recently she has embraced product design.

A graduate of Wako University in Tokyo, she has exhibited at venues including the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Nagoya City Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is now working on an installation to be held in March 2014 at the Yokohama Art Museum.

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March 12th – John Divola

Posted on March 6, 2014 by School of Art

John Divola (born 1949, Los Angeles) is a contemporary visual artist. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Divola works in photography, describing himself as exploring the landscape by looking for the edge between the abstract and the specific.

Divola’s career spans four decades. After graduating from California State University, Northridge, he entered the MFA program at the University of California Los Angeles. There, under the tutelage of Robert Heineken, Divola began to develop his own unique photographic practice, one that merges photography, painting, and conceptual art.

He has held residencies at many institutions including California Institute of the Arts. He has held the position of Professor in the art department at University of California Riverside since 1988. His work has been featured in many solo exhibitions across United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. He participated in 1978, 1989, 2000 the Museum of Modern Art group exhibitions and in 1981 Whitney Biennial. Divola received many awards as Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1973, 1976, 1979, 1990 and a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1986. He published four books: Continuity, Isolated Houses, Dogs Chasing My Car In The Desert, and Three Acts.

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