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CSULB Fibers Lecturer Christy Matson in LA Times article

Posted on August 21, 2014 by School of Art

Weaver Christy Matson prefers when art can be made out of whole cloth

BY KIMBERLY STEVENS

August 15, 2014

A spirit of experimentation, one foot in the past and one in the future, has set Christy Matson apart as a weaver.

“It’s unusual these days not to be working on a commission,” Matson says, standing next to a counter brimming with colorful balls of yarn, her white and aqua blue Jacquard loom gleaming in her tiny backyard studio in Highland Park. She shares her home with her husband, artist Ken Fandell, and 2-year-old daughter, Lake.

“But I love to work on things that don’t have a destination. It’s when true experimentation happens,” Matson says.

Amid a weaving renaissance, Matson’s work stands out. Using yarn with varying textures in soft, muted colors and hand weaving on a highly technical loom, she creates textiles that are more like abstract or Modernist paintings. Whether prepping warps, tying knots, dyeing yarn, winding skeins, drawing and painting, researching or drafting weave structures, she pays meticulous attention to detail.

But it is the process of hand weaving, just a small portion of how her time is spent, that inspires her passion.

“You take a real leap of faith as you go along because you can only see about 8 inches of what you are working on at a time, which can be really exciting, but it can also be really maddening,” Matson says.

After a rocky beginning with a floor loom and a weaving class in college (she hated it and gave the loom away), she was introduced to the Jacquard loom because she thought she might go into textile design. It allows creating cloth that has organic curving and lines, and she felt like it created a bridge between the historical aspect of hand weaving and a more contemporary way of working that uses digital technology. “It was like a light bulb went off,” she says. “It blows the doors off what you can weave.”

(For complete article and images, please click here: http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-christy-matson-20140816-story.html )

 


CSULB Art Alum Kristina Newhouse awarded Getty Foundation Grant

Posted on May 6, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Art Alumni and UAM Curator, Kristina Newhouse was awarded a $100,000 research and planning grant from the Getty Foundation for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibits. The exhibition Newhouse is curating for the University Art Museum will be entitled, David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own. This show will be the first on the Argentine-born conceptual artist David Lamelas who produced a wealth of experimental art in Argentina as well as while living in Los Angeles during the late 1970s to 1980s from videos produced for the Long Beach Museum of Art’s video arts program to unrealized architectural “interventions.” For more information, please click here.

Congratulations Ms. Newhouse!


CSULB Professor Mark Ruwedel wins 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award

Posted on April 30, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Photography Professor Mark Ruwedel won the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award,  celebrating excellence in Canadian contemporary photography. The prestigious award includes a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the 2015 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and a book of the winner’s work to be published and distributed globally by world-renowned art publisher Steidl. Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury and co-founder of the Award said of Ruwedel, “He is a master of seeing and printing and has inspired countless landscape photographers. Mark’s eye for detail and his subtle perceptions about the intersection of – and commentary upon – the historic versus contemporary in landscape photography remains matchless.” For more information, please click here.

Congratulations Professor Ruwedel!


CSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray will be participating in Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect at the Guggenheim Museum

Posted on April 23, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray will be participating in Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect at the Guggenheim, New York in conjunction with the exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, on view at the museum through May 14.  Ms. Weems will be hosting an all-star cast on April 25–27 for a weekend of programs focusing on contemporary cultural production in the areas of dance, film, literature, music, theater, and visual art. This multidisciplinary performance-salon features musicians, artists, activists, writers, and other renowned guests throughout a three-day celebration of spirit and ideas.  Poet, playwright, and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux will join Carrie Mae Weems as cohost on Friday and Saturday, and artists, poets, and writers Elizabeth Alexander, Theaster Gates, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Todd Gray, Aja Monet, and Sarah Lewis will punctuate the proceedings with poetry,  performances, and readings of manifestos. Prof. Gray will screen video and digital images of his most recent art projects. For more information, please click here.


CSULB Professor Mark Ruwedel wins 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship

Posted on April 15, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Photography Professor Mark Ruwedel was awarded a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in the Creative Arts category, for his both beautiful and epic photographic work of the American West. Founded in 1922, the prestigious Fellowship program is intended to “add to the educational, literary, artistic, and scientific power of this country, and also to provide for the cause of better international understanding.” The Fellowship supports individuals in mid-career‚ “who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” For more information, click here.

Congratulations to Prof. Ruwedel!

 


CSULP Professor Todd Gray in exhibition at Otis College of Art and Design

Posted on April 10, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Photography Professor Todd Gray will be in the exhibition at the Ben Maltz gallery Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad, featuring the work of thirty-one artists whose studios are located inside the area bordered by four major interstates: I-405, 10, 110, and 105. The impetus for this curatorial endeavor continues to be an effort to survey, one studio at a time, the neighborhoods and networks of artists working in Los Angeles. For this exhibition, Prof. Gray will exhibit (Exquisite)Terribleness in the Mangrove, a photo installation created from the reexamination of his extensive photographic archive of images he’s made in Los Angeles and Ghana. The exhibition will open April 12 and continue until July 27, 2014. For more information, please click here.

 


CSULB Ceramics Alum Matt Wedel in show at LA Louver

Posted on March 21, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Cermaics alumni Matt Wedel has a sculpture installation in the Skyroom at L.A. Louver Gallery. Entitled Portrait, 2013, the large ceramic work of  a young girl’s head stands at over six-and-a-half feet tall, and is glazed in colors that mimic a bronze sculpture, with oxidized coppery green highlights. The exhibition will be up from March 13 until April 26, 2014. For more exhibition information, click here; and for the artist’s website here.


CSULB Art Instructor Michael Parker creates large public Artwork on L.A. River

Posted on March 14, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Art instructor Michael Parker is working on a large-scale artwork along the banks of the L.A. River, based on the largest obelisk ever excavated  in Egypt. Entitled “The Unfinished”, the work is a 137-foot replica of the original Ancient Egyptian archeological site in Aswan, Egypt that was thought to have begun by Pharaoh Hatshepsut in the 16th year of her reign, and would have been the largest obelisk ever erected, were it not for cracks in the bedrock. Fast forward 3500 years and another unfinished obelisk is being created by Parker along with CSULB students, including Graduate Students from the Archeology department who assisted in surveying the site. The artwork will officially open Saturday, March 15 at 4pm until sunset. For more information, please click on the stories here,  here, & here.


CSULB Graphic Design Alum Jonathan Wu awarded MTV Award for Best Visual Effects

Posted on February 28, 2014 by School of Art

CSULB Graphics Design Alumni Jonathan Wu was awarded a 2013 MTV Video Award for Best Visual Effects for the song “Safe and Sound” by the band Capital Cities, along with Grady Hall and Derek Johnson.  Through Mirada Studios where Wu worked as Creative Director of the video Wu said, “This is definitely a team win and could not have been done without the involvement of every single artist on the credit list. The production was run-and-gun with a fast turnaround so we handpicked the best of the best. Each shot features VFX and our team effectively and efficiently stayed true to the era, telling an interesting and artistic story that came together quite nicely.”  Furthermore the video went on to garner a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Music Video!

Congratulations to Mr. Wu on his success!

For more information click here; official MTV nod here, and to see the video click here.


CSULB Art Professor Fran Siegel exhibition review at Lesley Heller Workspace

Posted on January 13, 2014 by School of Art

The Brooklyn Rail - January 2nd, 2014

Fran Siegel Plans and Interruptions at Lesley Heller Workspace | October 18 – December 1, 2013

by Alexander Shulan

Using an assortment of Arte Povera type materials, Los Angeles based artist Fran Siegel constructs dense, eclectic visualizations of the history and demographic composition of different urban environments through the media of drawing and collage. Her exhibition, Plans and Interruptions, at Lesley Heller Workspace consists of a series of layered paper works that weave together topography, narrative, and images of architecture into large indiscrete assemblages reflect the unfettered development of the cities they portray.

The pieces are an interesting counterpoint to many of the prosaic demographic visualizations that now are a mainstay of cable news election coverage and online poll-aggregation. Siegel looks at urban spaces in a tried modernist mode; with a clear debt to Guy Debord’s development of psychogeography, an approach to urban mapping that incorporated subjective perspective. Much like Debord, she treats the urban plans of cities like Los Angeles and Genoa as records of human exploration and invention. “Navigation” (2010-11) sets a cutout of a classical sailing ship against images of the ocean and a vertical overview of the port of Genoa. It uses tracings of the ship’s directional markings as a kind of figurative boundary for the city’s walls. Constructed from fragile, common materials—colored pencil, blue ink, and folded and cut paper— the precarious construction of “Navigation” perhaps mirrors Genoa’s agitated ancient history—its constant changing of hands and persistent civil discord.

“Overland” (2013) presents the Los Angeles horizon on cuttings of paper and cyanotype prints, and is overlaid with an intricate hard-edged pencil design that suggests plot-points on an architectural model or a fractal visualization. A more immediately recognizable cityscape than that portrayed in “Navigation,” its intricate construction nonetheless suggests the organic and haphazard expansion of Los Angeles’ urban sprawl. Los Angeles’ skyline collapses into a fragmented mosaic of blue and white paper that resembles a cubist abstraction. (For complete review, click here.)