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Archive for October, 2015

Andy Cooperman – November 3rd, 5pm, UT-108

Posted on October 28, 2015 by School of Art

cooperman_brooch_red_enamel_opal_a_truss_opti“I have considered myself a metalsmith since 1980,” says Andy Cooperman.  “It was in the late ’70’s, as an English major in college in Upstate NY, that I first encountered the field outside of the jewelry and hollowware that I had seen in stores. There was a classroom in the art building (I spent a lot of time in that building) that seemed to contain some sort of focused excitement for the hunched over figures working inside. There was fire and small, strangely specific tools.  The ringing of hammers made me pull open the door and walk inside.

What a shocker it was to see that metal could be sawn, formed and, especially, forged– in a relatively non-industrial place.  And when I saw that it could be approached in ways that made it seem unlike metal– that small, almost animate things could be made with it–I had to get my hands into it.  With a second major in Studio Art, I built a small back bedroom studio, spent some time exploring the very similar field of dental crown and bridge manufacture and  worked at the bench in several jewelry stores. In 1984, I followed my wife Kim to Seattle, Washington. We have been here ever since.

Seattle is a special place for jewelers and metalsmiths.  We have a very strong community of makers who are eager to share what they know and what they think.  And we all seem to like each other. Almost makes the winter gloom bearable.”

CSULB Fiber Program featured in exhibition “Fiberlicious”

Posted on October 27, 2015 by School of Art

exhibition_mainThe CSULB Fiber program is proudly represented in the exhibition Fiberlicious being held at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Co-curated by Professor Carol Shaw-Sutton (with Scott Canty) the show features 16 artists who are expanding the possibilities of traditional fiber art (some of whom were from our CSULB program, as well as new Fiber Professor Diedrick Brackens.) Exploring a range of themes from the human condition to the celebration of culture, the selected artists use materials or techniques drawn from fiber-art practices and combine various mediums to produce large installations, video, participatory projects, and interactive and performance works to transform old art forms into modern works. The exhibition will run from October 25 through January 3, 2016. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Kristen Morgin – October 27th, 5pm, UT-108

Posted on October 21, 2015 by School of Art

KM_HappyTheHammer14_sKristen Morgin’s sculptures, comprised primarily of fired and unfired clay, are true to scale objects. Using unassuming materials to render readily accessible objects, Morgin’s work captures the complexity of the present by way of the past. The corroding surfaces of her objects not only capture the here and now but protrude fragility, mortality and decay.  Ms. Morgin was born in 1968 in Brunswick, GA. Her work was featured in Overthrown: Clay Without Limits, Denver Art Museum, 12th Istanbul Biennial, Huckleberry Finn at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco, Unmonumental at the New Museum in New York, Thing at UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Red Eye at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami. Ms. Morgin lives and works in Gardena, CA. For more information, please go to Marc Selwyn Gallery, or Zach Feuer Gallery.

Iva Gueorguieva – October 20th, 5pm, UT-108

Posted on October 20, 2015 by School of Art

IG_Exhilarated_Gods_website0Los Angeles based artist Iva Gueorguieva moves freely from paper to canvas, cardboard, metal, concrete and clay. She cuts and collages hand-painted materials and images produced in the print-making studio using various techniques including soap ground etching, cyanotype, photo gravure and woodcut. The scale of the works range from monumental to intimate and include both painting and sculpture. The act of painting for Gueorguieva is a way of stitching, juxtaposing, overlapping, reiterating, remembering, and erasing multiple phrases, stories, memories, and impressions. Painting for her is bearing witness. Ms. Gueorguieva was born in Bulgaria and received an MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. 

CSULB Animations students compete in 24-hour contest

Posted on October 13, 2015 by School of Art

Logo of contest with the number 24 inside a stopwatchCSULB animation students competed in the eleventh annual 24-Hour Animation contest, the brainchild of CSULB Animation professor Aubry Mintz. On Friday, October 2 at 5pm, Prof. Mintz announced this year’s theme, “Imagine if Technology was Introduced at the Dawn of Humankind: What if Adam and Eve Found an Apple Computer Instead of an Apple?” From there over 525 students representing 24 teams from across the nation and internationally worked throughout the night to conceptualize and complete an animated film in a nearly impossible amount of time. Students created half-minute shorts based on this years theme, and we congratulate them on their efforts!

CSULB Painting professor Marie Thibeault in solo exhibition at George Lawson Gallery in San Francisco

Posted on October 8, 2015 by School of Art

MAT071_screenCSULB Painting professor Marie Thibeault will be having a solo exhibition at the George Lawson Gallery, in San Francisco.  The exhibition is entitled Marie Thiebault: engineering, selected paintings and will run from October 15 through November 14, 2015.