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Archive for February, 2015

Liz Collins – March 4, 2015

Posted on February 28, 2015 by School of Art

Liz Collins is a New York City-based artist and designer best known for her installation and performance project KNITTING NATION, and her amazing knit textiles and fashions. She is also a revered and sought-after teacher, and has taught and lectured at some of the best art and design schools in the US. Collins has had solo exhibitions at AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Occidental College, Los Angeles; Textile Arts Center, New York; AS220, Providence, RI; and the Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee. Her work has also been included in numerous exhibitions at institutions including the ICA Boston; Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York; the Museum of FIT, New York; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Museum of Modern Art; and the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York. Collins’ awards include a United States Artist Target Fellowship (2006) and a MacColl Johnson Fellowship (2011), and residencies at Haystack, Yaddo, Shetland College, QueerArts Zagreb and AIR Alaska. Collins designed her own fashion line from 1999-2004, showing during New York Fashion Week; becoming a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America; and selling her collections in the high fashion designer market to influential New York style outlets like Barneys and Kirna Zabete. Collins received both her BFA and MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and was an Associate Professor there from 2003-2013. She has been a guest lecturer and critic at many art & design colleges including Pratt Institute; Maryland Institute College of Art; School of Art Institute of Chicago; Vermont College of Fine Arts; School of Visual Arts; Parsons the New School for Design; and the Carpenter Center at Harvard University.

CSULB Art History Professor Kendall Brown’s “Water and Shadow” exhibition reviewed in Wall Street Journal

Posted on February 12, 2015 by School of Art

The Magic in Twilight

‘Water and Shadow’ at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts engenders a renewed appreciation for the emotional range printmakers can achieve.

An island silhouetted in the moonlight, yellow grasses drying on racks by a bright blue sea, steady rain falling on a solitary boatman, light lingering on a wall as surrounding shadows coalesce into night—these are some of the memorable scenes from “Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Made during the early years of the shin-hanga (new print) movement, which started in 1915, they are a far cry from their predecessors, the ukiyo-e or “floating world” prints, which depicted a demimonde of courtesans and actors along with dramatic vistas, using bold outlines, bright colors and flat, sometimes asymmetrical compositions. By contrast, this show’s more than 100 shin-hangaprints, many of them now in the museum’s permanent collection, use perspective and nuanced color to explore the magic in twilight and the beauty in the ordinary.

Landscapes, a popular subject in the resulting shin-hanga movement, were a specialty of Kawase Hasui…author of a 2003 catalogue raisonné of Hasui’s woodblock prints, guest curator Kendall H. Brown [shows] this was Hasui’s most imaginative period [and] bolsters this claim with an impressive array of works, including experimentations.

To read the rest of the review, please click here.

Jorge R. Gutierrez – February 18, 2015

Posted on February 12, 2015 by School of Art

Jorge R. Gutierrez is a Mexican animator, painter, writer & director who, along with his wife and muse Sandra Equihua, created the multiple Annie & Emmy Award winning animated television series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon. Born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Gutierrez has completed various films, cartoons, illustrations and paintings exploring his love affair with Mexican pop and folk culture.

Gutierrez attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he received his BFA & MFA in Experimental Animation under Jules Engel. There he created the 3D short Carmelo, which won the 2001 Student Emmy Award in animation and was screened at various festivals around the world, including Kodak’s Emerging Filmmakers Program at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. In 2000, Gutierrez worked under animation legend Maurice Noble, for the art direction of Chuck Jones’ Timberwolf for Warner Bros. In 2001, he began creating  Jorge Gutierrez’ El Macho, an animated web series for Sony Pictures. Gutierrez has also done character design for many animated series including Nickelodeon’s ChalkZone, as well as WB’s ¡Mucha Lucha!, and Disney’s The Buzz on Maggie for which he was nominated for a 2006 Annie Award in character design. As a writer, he’s worked on Scholastic’s Maya & Miguel as well as Disney’s Brandy & Mr. Whiskers. Gutierrez won two Annie Awards (Best TV Animated show & Best TV Character Design) and one Emmy (Best TV Character Design) working on El Tigre. He also created some of the sketches in Cartoon Network’s Mad. Most recently, Gutierrez co-wrote and directed the animated feature The Book of Life for Reel FX and 20th Century Fox. The film was released on October 17, 2014. He earned his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Animated Feature Film in 2014.

John Cederquist – February 11, 2015

Posted on February 9, 2015 by School of Art

Reality and illusion brilliantly merge in John Cederquist‘s fine art furniture. Free-standing cabinets in the shape of kimonos and other two- and three-dimensional works are infused with vivid imagery that constantly shifts viewpoints without warning or logic. Flat surfaces come to life and form no longer follows function. A master of deception, the artist’s inspiration comes from diverse sources: Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, Popeye cartoons and popular iconography from the East and West; all adding to the dreamlike quality of Cederquist’s ingeniously constructed pieces.

John Cederquist is widely recognized for masterful plays on dimensional illusion in his sculpture and furniture pieces. Born in 1946 in Altadena, CA, Cederquist received his B.A. in 1969 and M.A. in 1971 at California State University at Long Beach. He was granted two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, in 1975 and 1986. In 2002, he was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows. The Furniture Society of America honored Cederquist with the prestigious Award of Distinction in 2010. His work can be found in numerous museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery and the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. His studio is located in Capistrano, CA.

CSULB Painting Professor Fran Siegel named Fulbright Scholar

Posted on February 3, 2015 by School of Art

CSULB Painting Professor Fran Siegel was named a Fulbright Scholar for the 2015-16 year. The Postdoctoral Research Award in Humanities, Social Sciences, Letters, Linguistics and Arts for the country of Brazil will allow Prof. Siegel to “conduct independent or collaborative research, teach graduate courses or combine both activities in the grantee’s area of specialization. As Prof. Siegel has “I will be giving lectures about contemporary drawing in the art and art history department at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and my research on Afro-Brazilian Egungun will be in collaboration with Museu Afro in Sao Paolo which will culminate in a drawing exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA,” she said. Congratulations Professor Siegel on a wonderful accomplishment!


February 4, 2015 – Cindy Kolodiejski

Posted on February 2, 2015 by School of Art

Like a biology lab run by a Surrealist, Cindy Kolodziejski’s studio in Venice, California demonstrates the mind of the artist at her most provocative. Born in 1962 in Augsburg, Germany, Kolodziejski is known for her fusions of two-dimensional imagery with Duchampian three-dimensional objects she has found, modified, or created. Her integration of these disparate elements can be so seamless that, according to David Pagel of the Los Angeles Times, “It’s hard to distinguish between the found and the fabricated.”

The artist’s materials vary wildly, and include painted earthenware surfaces, embroidered fabrics, glassware, laboratory equipment and all manner of readymade objects, which she laughingly admits to searching for on sites such as eBay. Despite her deep roots in the world of ceramics, having studied under Ralph Bacerra during her undergraduate work at Otis and then with Tony Marsh at Long Beach, Kolodziejski has found an expansive freedom in her diverse sourcing of materials.

Her subjects range just as widely, although over the course of 20 years Kolodziejski has maintained a distinctive mixture of anatomical, botanical, figurative, and text-based imagery. Indeed, it is not so much the specific themes with which she engages that distinguish her work, but her idiosyncratic and often jarring juxtapositions of elements.

Kolodziejski first attracted critical attention in the 1990s, for works that transposed often suggestive imagery and social commentary onto more traditional vessel forms. As time passed, her forms have become increasingly original, as demonstrated by her Specimens series, which include vintage laboratory equipment and her Portraits of Sorts and Curiosities, a collection of small-scale framed works.

Cindy Kolodziejski’s work is internationally represented in major museum collections, such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the National Museum of History in Taipei, Taiwan. She has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions in the United States for over 25 years.