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LA Times Review of Jay Kvapil exhibition at Couturier Gallery

Posted on December 4, 2013 by School of Art

Review: Kvapil’s ceramic vessels vehicles for color and texture

By Leah Ollman

November 21, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Jay Kvapil’s new, variably intriguing ceramic work at Couturier is largely about surface — viscous, painterly glazes and cratered shells. With only a few exceptions, the vessel forms are understated and conventional. They call little attention to themselves and instead serve as vehicles for potent color and assertive texture.

Kvapil titled an earlier series “Pictorial Vessels,” making explicit the priority given to surface as bearer of image or mark. Several works here continue in that vein, their glazes like thick, draping garments extending below the cylindrical body of a cup or vase. One small vase, sheathed in sapphire streaks and flecked with tiny spots of light presents as a hand-held moody nightscape.

Director of the School of Art at Cal State Long Beach (a notable incubator of talent in ceramics), Kvapil experiments avidly with glazes and the results can be striking. The surface of a shapely, 15-inch-high bottle with a pinched waist is delicately puckered like the skin that forms on heated milk. Small, weeping puddles of blood red startle against jade-tinged ivory.

Most of the 60-plus bowls and bottles, jars and pods have densely-pocked skins evocative of elemental forces and geological processes, volcanic events and lunar crusts. They emanate heat and change. Kvapil’s palette is intense and can verge on garish and dated, but plenty of dazzlers can be found in the mix. Among the most striking is a large (28-inch diameter) broad bowl that looks like barely cooled magma. Pitted black and fiery red, it seems to be smoldering still.

Couturier Gallery, 166 N. La Brea Ave., (323) 933-5557, through Nov. 30.
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CSULB Graphic Design Professor Andrew Byrom works with Dance Theater production

Posted on November 6, 2013 by School of Art

CSULB Graphic Design Professor Andrew Byrom work took a change of scenery by collaborating with  with the Heidi Duckler Dance Theater in their production of “The Groundskeepers.” The two-hour work takes place at the site-specific location of the shuttered Linda Vista Hospital, located in Boyle Heights,  ”creating a traveling multimedia performance that will animate the environs of the hospital building including the outdoor fire escape staircase, entry-way, chapel, boiler room, and outdoor parking lot wall.” Professor Byrom has created a gothic typography, as well as other graphics that are projected throughout the performance onto the performers and their environs. He even painted the hospital itself! The performance will be held from November 7 through the 10th, 2013. For more information, click here (and for a review here.)

CSULB Illustration Professor Robin Richesson’s murals in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”

Posted on October 30, 2013 by School of Art

CSULB Professor of Illustration and Animation, Robin Richesson will have her “work” shown for another season on the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation.” Beginning its sixth season this fall, Prof. Richesson provided the drawings that became the “Murals of Pioneer Hall”, the mythical center for the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana where the comedy resides. “Every town has its own unique history, and Pawnee’s is full of both pride and shame. Mostly shame…The large murals that line the walls of Pioneer Hall depict some of the most famous and interesting moments in our town’s past, and are well worth checking out as works or art — even if they are also by any standard horrifying at a level it is difficult to comprehend.” To see the murals in all their glory, please click here.

CSULB School of Art Director Jay Kvapil to have solo exhibition at Couturier Gallery

Posted on October 23, 2013 by School of Art

The Director of the CSULB School of Art, Jay Kvapil will be having a solo exhibition of new ceramic work at the Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles. The show will feature “evocatively scaled and vivaciously glazed forms that highlight Kvapil’s passion for traditional ceramics and experimental studio practices” and will be up from October 26, 2013 through November 20, 2013. For more information, click here; and for review, click here.

CSULB Art Professor Jeff Atherton featured in article

Posted on October 17, 2013 by School of Art

CSULB Assistant Art Professor Jeff Atherton’s photographic work was the subject of an article entitled “Lyrical Austerity” written by Guy Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman describes Atherton’s “haptic imagery” as “a world defined by strangely potent intensities that distort everyday objects while also degrading the content-less transparency of space itself.” For more information, please click here.

CSULB Art History Professor Kendall Brown in new book on Huntington Library’s Japanese Garden

Posted on September 25, 2013 by School of Art

Dr. Kendall Brown has contributed two essays to the book One Hundred Years in the Huntington’s Japanese Garden: Harmony with Nature, about the history of the Huntington Library’s iconic and beloved garden. The book traces the garden’s history from its development as part of a Gilded Age millionaire’s fashionable estate through its quiet deterioration and neglect during World War II and its resurgence in the 1950s as a showcase for Japanese culture and garden arts to its comprehensive renovation in 2012, the year of its centennial. For information, click here.

CSULB Art History Professor Catha Paquette lecturing at Norton Simon Museum

Posted on September 13, 2013 by School of Art

Dr. Catha Paquette will be giving a gallery talk Sunday, September 15 in connection with the exhibition Breaking Ground: 20th Century Latin American Art at the Norton Simon Museum. Dr. Paquette will be discussing the historical  contexts in which the featured artists were working and explains how the works exemplify the artists’ approaches and practices. For more information, click here.

CSULB Art Professor Fran Siegel in three Art Projects – Guayaquil, Ecuador, UCSB and NYC

Posted on August 23, 2013 by School of Art

The U.S. State Department’s Arts in Embassies program has commissioned Professor Fran Siegel to create a 35-foot piece for a new consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador . Over the summer, Siegel hired 11 of our students and alumni in five different programs as assistants to construct a complex multi-medium work. As Professor Siegel remarked, “It has been a wonderful learning experience for all involved.” Furthermore, art students from the Instituto Tecnológico de Artes del Ecuador (ITAE), a seven-year old art school based in Guayaquil will be assisting in the installation of the work.

In addition, Professor Siegel will also be participating as an Artist-in-Residence for the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara. There she will be creating a piece entitled “Translocation and Overlay”, which is a 50-paneled solo drawing project that she has been developing over the past year. Faculty in various departments at UCSB have helped to supply data about the changing coastline which Siegel has translated into a series of overlapping drawings. There have been five interns from different programs at UCSB that have assisted her as well. The exhibition opens on October 25th and will be up until mid-April 2014, and she will also give an artist’s talk at UCSB on November 20th.

Lastly, Prof. Siegel will have an upcoming solo show at the Lesley Heller Workspace in New York City. The show is entitled “Plans and Interruptions” and will be up from October 18 to December 1, 2013.

For more information on the Art in Embassies program, click here & here; for information about the AD&A Museum, please click here; and for the Lesley Heller Workspace, please click here.

Article on CSULB Painting Professor Domenic Cretara in American Arts Quarterly

Posted on August 22, 2013 by School of Art

The artwork of Professor Cretara is featured in an essay by Frederick Turner entitled “The Dark Light of Domenic Cretara” in the current issue of American Arts Quarterly (Summer 2013.)  Turner explores both the literal as well as metaphorical aspects of light in Professor Cretara’s paintings, as well as their relationship to the Tenebrism movement, followed by many great Old Masters. As Turner writes, “But for those who have eyes to see, Cretara gives us art worth seeing.”

For complete essay, click here.

CSULB Artists represented in 2013 Rogue Wave exhibition at LA Louver Gallery

Posted on July 16, 2013 by School of Art

L.A. Louver is pleased to announce Rogue Wave 2013, an exhibition of 15 artists whose work encapsulates the vibrancy and excitement of art being made in Los Angeles today. Two of the artists are our own Dean of the Arts, Christopher Miles and Painting Lecturer, Kent Familton. Miles is showing biomorphic  sculptures, made from ceramics as well as constructed of paper, paint and aluminum tubing, all dripping in layers of thick color; Familton’s works consist of abstract paintings in a muted color palette with poetic line work combining into a cool sophistication of composition and form. Both artists will be participating in the gallery’s weekly Thursday Artist’s Talk, on August 15 at 6:30pm. The exhibition runs from July 18 to August 23, 2013. For more information, click here (and here.)