Posts Tagged ‘California College of the Arts’

Fabricators: Blurring the Insider/ Outsider Boundary

There have been many times when I have felt uneasy looking at group shows of “Outsider Art”. There can be some crowds, and lots of things for sale, and a lot of people buying them, but mostly what can cause apprehension as a viewer is the wild range in the work. Often there is no thematic or formal thread that could tie all of these[…..]

101 Collection: Route 2 Undisclosed Destination

Today’s article is from our friends at Art Practical, where Dena Beard discusses the group exhibition Route 2: Undisclosed Location at CCA‘s Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art. Route 2: Undisclosed Destination investigates the idea of a West Coast aesthetic as both a decoy and an impresario. In a truly complex approach by a new curator, location is a curatorial device that situates, and sometimes subsumes,[…..]

Jordan Kantor

The press release for Jordan Kantor‘s self titled exhibition, currently on view at Ratio 3 in San Francisco, provides readers with little more than a physical account of what the exhibition includes: “several paintings on canvas, some in oil, others in enamel, two looping slide projections,” etc. This type of opacity in the actual content of the show seemed frustrating at first, but after a[…..]

Larry Sultan

This past Sunday, December 13th, distinguished California based photographer Larry Sultan died of cancer.  He was born in New York in 1946, but moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1949. He received a BA from University of California Santa Barbara in 1968 and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1973. It was at SFAI that he met the artist Mike Mandel, with[…..]

Moby Dick

The Great American Novel, Moby Dick, takes on new life at the exhibition of the same name currently showing at California College of the Arts’s Wattis Institute. The exhibition loosely traces the narrative of the epic (and episodic) tale with each of the three galleries dedicated to the story’s protagonists, Ishmeal, Ahab, and of course, the White Whale, Moby Dick. Thirty-three artists ranging from the[…..]

Bessma Khalaf

Now showing at Steven Wolf Fine Arts Gallery in San Francisco is Bessma Khalaf’s exhibition, You’re Not There. The show is comprised of five pieces: three individual video installations and two works that reference them. In Projection (2009), the viewer is lured into a lackadaisical daze by warm and fuzzy landscape imagery, only to be immediately jolted back out of it as a fist punches[…..]

Andrew Tosiello

According to artist Andrew Tosiello, to understand the art world is to understand gambling. The many facets of an artist’s career (producing, exhibiting, representation, selling, etc.) often fall like six-sided dice onto the Craps table of life and indicate the direction of one’s successes from then on–until the next roll at least. The San Francisco artist’s new body of work, which deals with the theme[…..]