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Archive for August, 2014

CSULB Prints Professor Roxanne Sexauer in four exhibitions

Posted on August 26, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Prints Professor Roxanne Sexauer is in four exhibitions nationwide. First is Sight Readings: A 35-Year Survey of Work by Roxanne Sexauer at the Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica College, and is curated by Gordon Fuglie from the Central California Museum of Art. Comprising 35 key works, the exhibition is organized chronologically, beginning with a 1973 self-portrait in the German Expressionist style, concluding with works completed this past summer. The exhibit will open to the public on Tuesday, September 2, running to Saturday, October 11, 2014. For more information, click here.

Another exhibition is: “Midwest Matrix Continuum”  at Indiana University’s Grunwald Gallery in Bloomington. Midwest Matrix: Continuum explores the “Midwest tradition” of printmaking, featuring over 20 artists highlighting this history and calling attention to the next generation of artists. Mentors of this Midwest printmaking tradition will exhibit alongside nominated former students, who have gone on to have active careers of their own. This show pairs Sexauer with her former student Tyler Ferreira of Long Beach. For more information, click here.
A group exhibition built around the theme of “Detroit,” by printmakers who all have had some special connection to the city, “Feel the ‘D!” is an exhibition at the Re:View Contemporary Gallery in Detroit. The exhibition will run from September 24 through October 11, 2014. For more information, click here.
Lastly, Prof. Sexauer will be in “5 x 5: Celebrating Five Years” at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art in Santa Barbara. It will open on August 28 and run through September 11, 2014. For more information, please click here.

September 10 – Richard Ross

Posted on August 26, 2014 by School of Art

Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fulbright, and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Ross was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 to complete work on Architecture of Authority, a critically acclaimed body thought-provoking and unsettling photographs of architectural spaces worldwide that exert power over the individuals confined within them. Ross’s Guggenheim support also helped launch an investigation of the world of juvenile corrections and the architecture encompassing it. This led to Ross’s most recent work, Juvenile In Justice, which turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them. Working at over 300 institutions of confinement, detention and treatment in 31 states and interviewing 1,000+ juveniles, Ross has frequently given use of the work gratis to non-profits advocating for changing social and political policy to the betterment of these juveniles. A book and traveling exhibition of the work continue to see great success while Ross collaborates with juvenile justice stakeholders, using the images as a catalyst for change. His work has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern (London), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (New York), Palais du Tokyo (Paris), The British Museum, City Hall Galleries (Belgrade), Galerie Steinech (Vienna), etc.

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CSULB Fibers Lecturer Christy Matson in LA Times article

Posted on August 21, 2014 by School of Art

Weaver Christy Matson prefers when art can be made out of whole cloth


August 15, 2014

A spirit of experimentation, one foot in the past and one in the future, has set Christy Matson apart as a weaver.

“It’s unusual these days not to be working on a commission,” Matson says, standing next to a counter brimming with colorful balls of yarn, her white and aqua blue Jacquard loom gleaming in her tiny backyard studio in Highland Park. She shares her home with her husband, artist Ken Fandell, and 2-year-old daughter, Lake.

“But I love to work on things that don’t have a destination. It’s when true experimentation happens,” Matson says.

Amid a weaving renaissance, Matson’s work stands out. Using yarn with varying textures in soft, muted colors and hand weaving on a highly technical loom, she creates textiles that are more like abstract or Modernist paintings. Whether prepping warps, tying knots, dyeing yarn, winding skeins, drawing and painting, researching or drafting weave structures, she pays meticulous attention to detail.

But it is the process of hand weaving, just a small portion of how her time is spent, that inspires her passion.

“You take a real leap of faith as you go along because you can only see about 8 inches of what you are working on at a time, which can be really exciting, but it can also be really maddening,” Matson says.

After a rocky beginning with a floor loom and a weaving class in college (she hated it and gave the loom away), she was introduced to the Jacquard loom because she thought she might go into textile design. It allows creating cloth that has organic curving and lines, and she felt like it created a bridge between the historical aspect of hand weaving and a more contemporary way of working that uses digital technology. “It was like a light bulb went off,” she says. “It blows the doors off what you can weave.”

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