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CSULB Sculpture Professor Katie Grinnan featured in Los Angeles Times

Posted on June 21, 2019 by School of Art

la-1559076877-dme0unptqi-snap-imageCSULB Associate Professor of Sculpture Katie Grinnan is part of the COLA 2019 exhibition being held from May 23 through July 14, 2019 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Galleries. Prof. Grinnan’s work “5 Seconds of Dreaming (instruments)” from 2019 was featured in Christopher Knight’s review of the COLA 2019 show in the Los Angeles Times.  As Knight noted, “The design of ‘5 Seconds of Dreaming (instruments)’ is based on an electroencephalogram. A brief jolt of electrical activity inside the artist’s brain was used as a template to carve the hills and valleys of a circular landscape sculpture from laminated sheets of wood…The sculpture, elevated in a ring atop pedestals that take the shape of communications towers, is affixed with strings to be plucked. It’s also punctured by sound holes to amplify the sonic vibrations.

Grinnan filtered the dreamworld of Surrealist tradition through contemporary channels of Conceptual art, unplugging calculation from the instrumental lay of the land. Mind, matter and music merge.”

Christopher Knight further notes, “Professor Grinnan is one of 11 artists included in ‘COLA 2019,’ the latest iteration of a distinctive program sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs. COLA, short for City of Los Angeles, is a competitive individual fellowship in which midcareer artists, most in their 40s, are chosen by a committee of arts professionals to create work for an annual exhibition. The program has been an invaluable contribution to the city’s cultural life for the last 22 years.”

Congratulations Prof. Grinnan!