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Archive for January, 2018



Alexandra Grant – 5pm, February 6th, Carpenter Center

Posted on January 31, 2018 by School of Art

NAP_AGlovehateAlexandra Grant is a text-based artist who uses language and networks of words as the basis for her work in painting, drawing, and sculpture. She has been the subject of shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), and galleries in the US and abroad. Grant has explored ideas of translation, identity, and dis/location not only in drawings, painting, and sculpture, but also in conversation with other artists and writers, such as her long-term collaborator, hypertext author Michael Joyce, actor Keanu Reeves, artist Channing Hansen, and the philosopher Hélène Cixous. Grant maps language in different media from intricate wire filigree sculptures to large scale drawing/paintings on paper. She investigates translation not only from language to language, but also from text to image, spoken language to written word, and representations in two dimensions to three-dimensional objects. Some of the basic queries that fuel her work are: How do we “read” and “write” images? How does language place us? What is the role of the hand in a world dominated by electronic communication?

 

 


CSULB Painting Professor Marie Thibeault in exhibition at Pasadena Museum of California Art

Posted on January 18, 2018 by School of Art

marie_t_coverCSULB Painting Professor Marie Thibeault is in a group exhibition entitled The Feminine Sublime at Pasadena Museum of California Art (also with other CSULB Art alums, friends and lecturers: Marion Estes, Yvette Gellis, Virginia Katz and Constance Mallinson.) “Historically, depictions of the sublime were reserved for men whose rationality and order were posed against nature, the imagination, or the female ‘other.’ The Feminine Sublime presents a counter-narrative that upends previous ideas of the sublime in painting with a unique feminist perspective.” The exhibition will run from January 21, 2018 through June 3, 2018, with opening day of the Museum on Sunday, January 21 from 12:00pm-5:00pm.

For the museum’s Second Saturday Spotlight, there will be a panel discussion with the artists on Saturday, February 10th, from 2-3:30pm. Curator and artist Constance Mallinson leads a discussion between The Feminine Sublime artists and art historian Karen Kleinfelder, Ph.D.. The panel will consider the historical and contemporary definitions of the sublime, addressing the traditional gender dichotomies within the context of environmental degradation.

 

 


CSULB Ceramics Professor Tony Marsh is chosen as a 2018 United States Artists Fellow

Posted on January 17, 2018 by School of Art

TonyMarsh-317x400CSULB Ceramics Professor Tony Marsh was chosen as a 2018 United States Artists Fellow. The Chicago-based foundation United States Artists has named the 45 artists and collectives across nine disciplines who are its 2018 fellows. The fellowship comes with an unrestricted $50,000 grant. “[The 2018 USA Fellows] produce some of the most moving, incisive, and powerful artistic work in this country, and it is our privilege to honor them,” Deana Haggag, the foundation’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Collectively, they are a reminder of the beauty produced by hardworking artists on a daily basis, too much of which is often overlooked.” Congratulations Professor Marsh!


CSULB Painting Professor Tom Krumpak in solo exhibition at Lora Schlesinger Gallery

Posted on January 4, 2018 by School of Art

krumpak mid airCSULB Painting professor Tom Krumpak will be in an exhibition at Lora Schlesinger gallery entitled, “Peripheral thought, house photo word movie paint singular color.” The show will be opening January 15, 2018 and will be run until February 17, 2018. The exhibition will be his second exhibition at the gallery and will be featuring new works on canvas

Titled in Haiku form, Tom Krumpak’s “Peripheral thought /house photo word movie paint /singular color” is largely inspired by the relationship between modern architectural design and traditional Japanese Shoji screened dwellings found in the United States and Japan. Built in a similar minimalist style, Krumpak considers his new studio an “artistic pictorial construction site” as it provides many of the necessary visual elements that formulate and inform his work. The compositions depicted express the “experience of moving through a designed indoor/outdoor built space.” Congratulations Prof. Krumpak.


CSULB Alums in exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles

Posted on January 4, 2018 by School of Art

bc2c676f-952c-4eea-8237-c0a6a77d311eCSULB alumnae Dawn Ertl (MFA Sculpture) and Stacy Wendt (BFA Sculpture) are taking part in an exhibition at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Los Angeles. Entitled Taking Up Space, the show is a three-person exhibition featuring work by Dawn Ertl, Sarajo Frieden and Michelle Carla Handel, and was curated by TSA LA member Stacy Wendt. The exhibition will run from January 6, 2018 through January 2018.  This show explores different approaches to engaging and activating space through abstraction. While these artists share connections in their work via their interest in mixed media, organic shapes and their careful consideration of color, they each offer a different method to experience dimensionality. These experiences can offer the viewer ways of understanding the world through our relationships with objects and how we perceive them. Congratulations Ms. Ertl and Ms. Wendt!


Amir Fallah – 5pm, January 23rd, Carpenter Center

Posted on January 1, 2018 by School of Art

American_Feeling_crop_WEBIn his work across media, Amir H. Fallah interrogates systems of portraiture and representation embedded in the history of Western art. Fallah’s ornate environments combine visual vocabularies of painting and collage with elements of installation and sound to deconstruct material modes of identity formation. Portraits of the artist’s veiled subjects capitalize on ambiguity to skillfully weave fact and fiction like the textiles that cover them. While the stories that surround his muses are deeply personal, told through the intimate possessions they’re encompassed by, they universalize generational experiences of movement, trauma, and celebration. With their Pop Art hues and investment in domestic life, Fallah’s paintings wryly incorporate contemporary American tropes into paintings more formally rooted in Islamic Art. In doing so, his work possesses a hybridity that reflects his own background as an Iranian-American immigrant straddling cultures.

Amir H. Fallah (b. 1979, Tehran) received his BFA in Fine Art & Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001 and his MFA in Painting at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and abroad, including solo presentations at the Schneider Museum, Ashland (2017); the San Diego Art Institute (2017); the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland (2015); and The Third Line, Dubai (2017, 2013, 2009, 2007, 2005). In 2017, Fallah received the CCF Grant, and in 2015, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. The artist was chosen to participate in the 9th Sharjah Biennial. Fallah lives and work in Los Angeles.