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Archive for May, 2017

CSULB Ceramics Program in downtown Long Beach exhibition

Posted on May 17, 2017 by School of Art

Thrown%202CSULB Ceramics Professor Chris Miller recently received a micro grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach to fund Thrown an exhibition of CSULB student ceramic work at the Creative Arts Coalition to Transform Urban Space (C.A.C.t.U.S.) in downtown Long Beach.  Each object was created using various techniques involving the potter’s wheel.  After mastering basic centering, forming, and trimming skills, students worked through a number of functional forms before being set free to explore more sculptural constructions.  Through surfacing techniques students expressed their interest in pattern, imagery, atmosphere, and glaze phenomenon.  The objects are all made from high-fired stoneware and porcelain. The exhibition featured work from Nirelle Alarcon, Sergio Arcos, Andrea Arnott, Yanitzi Arroyo, Laren Bartsch, Lasa Bell, Sharon Benyamin, Tanya Flores, Ashley Gonzalez, Galileo Gonzalez, Ronald Guo, Andrea Gutierrez, Brian Hook, Michelle Kim, Susan Kim, Jamie Lee, Shelby Ly, Sydney Moore, Kimmy Nguyen, Peter Nguyen, Alexandria Pinter, Evelyn Ramirez. Congratulations everyone! Thanks again to the Long Beach Arts Council for making this happen!!

CSULB Ceramics Professor Jay Kvapil in New York exhibitions

Posted on May 15, 2017 by School of Art

vessel 2017CSULB Ceramics faculty Jay Kvapil showed twice recently in New York City.  First in November 2016 his work was represented by two Parisian galleries (Gallerie du Passage and Lefebvre et Fils) at the art and design fair, Salon Art + Design.  Then in May 2017  his work was shown by Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami Beach, FL) at Collective Design Fair.  Professor Kvapil is currently busy working on a major one-person exhibition at Magen H. Gallery, New York in conjunction with Lefebvre et Fils for December 2017.

CSULB Lecturer Manny Krakowski in exhibition in Los Angeles

Posted on May 9, 2017 by School of Art

IMG_0909CSULB lecturer Manny Krakoswki will be in a two-person exhibition featuring new installation works by him and Alex Stevens. Presented by Win or Lose LA, the show is titled “Call It What You Want,” and will run from May 13th through June 3rd, 2017.   This show brings together Object Permanence (by Alex), which features a Truck (Troy’s old truck rosebud) stacked on top of a refrigerator with a viewing deck and Close your eyes and Think of Cotton Mouth (by Manny), an architectural steal structure, which houses a dehumidifier with a hand-blown glass cacti chandelier.

CSULB Lecturer Michael Parker in Pop-Up exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum

Posted on May 4, 2017 by School of Art

michaelparker ides archThe Pop-Up Studio at Palm Springs Art Museum presents “The Ides: Radical Cartography” which brings together an exhibition and workshop series for the multi-decade project, ‘The Ides”, by Michael Parker. The exhibition, uses as its foundation the 2016 sculpture “The Ides (arch du triumph) mapped by Vi Ha.”  This first large scale arch in the series, which framed the Port of Los Angeles over the past year, has been cut and reconfigured into inverted plinths to present the next phase of the work: thirty-nine new sets of gestural ceramic sculptures with corresponding robotically carved foam replicas. The replicas are the basis for mixed media sculptures interpreted by collaborators, referred to by Parker as Radical Cartographers. They will attempt to translate each sculptural intervention into future full scale sculptures that frame systems of power.

The Triumphal Arch, originally a sign of conquest flaunting technological and military dominance, is transformed into a collaborative attempt to understand how power and inequality manifest in landscapes. “Radical cartography” takes that power of mapping from the hierarchy and offers it to the less powerful. The workshops and performances for The Ides will address technological advancement: mapping, the hand-made and artificial intelligence. Presented along with the installation is a video that connects robotics, automation and labor disputes in the early 21st Century as bellwethers for naming and framing the “new Empire of Things.”

Njideka Akunyili Crosby – 5pm, May 9th, Carpenter Center

Posted on May 3, 2017 by School of Art


02-njideka_akunyili_5-umezebi_2012Drawing on art historical, political and personal references, Njideka Akunyili Crosby creates densely layered figurative compositions that, precise in style, nonetheless conjure the complexity of contemporary experience. Akunyili Crosby was born in Nigeria, where she lived until the age of sixteen. In 1999 she moved to the United States, where she has remained since that time. Her cultural identity combines strong attachments to the country of her birth and to her adopted home, a hybrid identity that is reflected in her work. Ms. Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She shows at Victoria Miro, London, United Kingdom. Ms. Crosby was awarded Foreign Policy’s Leading 100 Global Thinkers of 2015 alongside the Next Generation Prize, New Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015. She is the recipient of the Prix Canson Prize, 2016, the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, 2015, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s James Dicke Contemporary Art Prize, 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include I Refuse to be Invisible, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach (2016) and The Beautyful Ones, Art + Practice, Los Angeles (2015), staged concurrently with a solo presentation at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015).  Her work is in the collections of major museums including Yale University Art Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Tate, The Norton Museum of Art, Zeitz MOCAA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MOMA, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.