Posted on April 10, 2014 by School of Art
Posted on April 10, 2014 by School of Art
Posted on March 20, 2014 by School of Art
Olga Koumoundouros’ provocative practice actively engages ideas of labor, class and human sustenance that shake the very core of the American Dream. The artist’s dexterity and commitment to materiality is her tour de force. Working with industrial materials–plywood, corrugated fiberglass, plaster and tar, among others–Koumoundouros’ sculptural objects and installations resonate with brute, elegant force, exploring the many social, economic and political ideologies that shape our relationship to both past and present. In A Roof Upended (2007), a project the artist undertook in Bellevue, Wash., she recovered sections of asphalt shingle from a derelict ranch-style house and reconstructed the roof tilted on end, supported by columns of stacked cans of beans filled with concrete. Here, the artist explored the tension between development and community, while contemplating the displacement of people and their histories.
For more information: http://olgakoumoundouros.com/
Posted on March 14, 2014 by School of Art
Ayomi Yoshida is an artist who seeks to cross borders between art and design. Born to an illustrious Japanese family comprised of three generations of painters and print-makers, she challenged woodblock conventions by making installations that utilize prints, blocks and even wood chips. More recently she has embraced product design.
A graduate of Wako University in Tokyo, she has exhibited at venues including the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Nagoya City Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is now working on an installation to be held in March 2014 at the Yokohama Art Museum.
For more information: http://www.ayomi-yoshida.com/e/index.html
Posted on March 6, 2014 by School of Art
John Divola (born 1949, Los Angeles) is a contemporary visual artist. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Divola works in photography, describing himself as exploring the landscape by looking for the edge between the abstract and the specific.
Divola’s career spans four decades. After graduating from California State University, Northridge, he entered the MFA program at the University of California Los Angeles. There, under the tutelage of Robert Heineken, Divola began to develop his own unique photographic practice, one that merges photography, painting, and conceptual art.
He has held residencies at many institutions including California Institute of the Arts. He has held the position of Professor in the art department at University of California Riverside since 1988. His work has been featured in many solo exhibitions across United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. He participated in 1978, 1989, 2000 the Museum of Modern Art group exhibitions and in 1981 Whitney Biennial. Divola received many awards as Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1973, 1976, 1979, 1990 and a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 1986. He published four books: Continuity, Isolated Houses, Dogs Chasing My Car In The Desert, and Three Acts.
For more information: http://www.divola.com/
Posted on February 20, 2014 by School of Art
In her practice, Pastor has long explored a dialogue with one’s surroundings that implicates and entangles the observer and observed, as well as structures where the built and enacted environment confound notions of bodies in space. Endless Arena grew out of a drawn exploration of the complex situational and temporal space of the fights, which include synchronized movements and shifting dominances of bodies and structures, the spectacle of crowds, chaos, and the mediation of numerous cameras projecting multiple view points on surrounding video screens. While researching for an earlier project, Dead Landscape (2007- 2009),a pattern of relationships evolved from observing the environment of extreme spectacle at the fights, and intimately looking at the hidden, overlooked situation of the drawings by combat artists. Pastor sought to synthesize and distill fragments of these observations, spaces, and visceral experiences into a sculptural work.
Jennifer Pastor has exhibited in major museums domestically and internationally including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humelback, Denmark; Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany; and FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France. Pastor participated in the 1996 Sao Paulo Biennial, the 1997 Whitney Biennial and the 2003 Venice Biennale, and is the recipient of the 1995 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. Her tripartite sculptureThe Perfect Ride (2003) will be shown at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam this spring.
For more information: http://www.regenprojects.com/artists/jennifer-pastor/#1
Posted on February 13, 2014 by School of Art
Vincent Desiderio is an American realist painter. He is currently a senior critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the New York Academy of Art. Desiderio was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Desiderio received a BA in fine art and art history from Haverford College in 1977. He subsequently studied for one year at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy (1977-78), and for four years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts between 1979 and 1983. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited widely, most recently in solo exhibitions at the Marlborough Gallery in New York. He is a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, two National Endowment for the Arts Grants, the Everson Museum of Art Purchase Prize, a Rome Grant from the Creative Artists Network and a Cresson Traveling Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1996, he became the first American artist to receive the International Contemporary Art Prize awarded by the Prince Ranier Foundation of the Principality of Monaco.
His works are included in the collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the Denver Art Museum, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, Galerie Sammlung Ludwig in Aachen, Germany, the Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina and the Indiana University Museum of Art in Bloomington, Indiana.
For more information: http://www.marlboroughgallery.com/galleries/new-york/artists/vincent-desiderio
Posted on February 7, 2014 by School of Art
Kukuli Velarde is a Peruvian artist based in the United States since 1997. She got her BFA degree Magna Cum Laude at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Since early in her career her work has been featured in New York in group shows at El Museo del Barrio, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Bronx Museum among others. She participated as exhibitor and mentor in the Gyeonggi International Biennial in South Korea in 2013, where she was awarded the Grand Prize. Her solo exhibition credits include: KUKULI VELARDE: PLUNDER ME, BABY at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art ( Kansas City 2013), PATRIMONIO at German Krüeger Espantoso Gallery (Lima, Perú, 2012). PATRIMONIO at Barry Friedman Gallery (NY, 2010), PLUNDER ME, BABY at Garth Clark Gallery (NY, 2007), ISICHAPUITU, at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (2001), KUKULI VELARDE at the International Biennial of Lima, Peru (1999).
For more information, click here: http://www.kukulivelarde.com/site/HOME.html
Posted on January 30, 2014 by School of Art
Glenn Adamson is the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City. He was, until Autumn 2013, Head of Research at the V&A, where he was active as a curator, historian and theorist. His talk will address the transition from London to New York, and from the V&A to MAD - offering his thoughts on how craft is being redefined today as the driving motor of creativity across all genres of art and design. Dr Adamson’s publications include Thinking Through Craft (2007), The Craft Reader (2010), Invention of the Craft (2013), and Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 to 1990 (2011). He is also the co-founder and editor of the triannual Journal of Modern Craft. For more information, click here: http://www.madmuseum.org
Posted on January 9, 2014 by School of Art
Everett Peck’s drawings have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, and Time, as well as numerous books, comics and movie posters. He has participated in gallery shows in Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C., and has written animated cartoons for Rugrats, The Critic, and a series based on one of his own cartoon characters: Duckman. Originally created as a comic book that was first published by Dark Horse in 1990, in 1994 Duckman was turned into an animated series for the USA Network. During its four year run, it won the CableACE Award, and was nominated for four Emmys. Peck also created the Cartoon Network series Squirrel Boy, which ran from 2006 to 2007. Additional work includes character design for the animated TV series Jumanji, a slew of print ads for Nike and Honda, and several station IDs for UPN. Samples of Peck’s personal sketches appear in the book It’s Not My Fault [ISBN 1-59617-461-7], a companion piece to his 2011 solo exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art. For more information, click http://www.everettpeck.com
Posted on November 25, 2013 by School of Art
Tanya Aguiñiga (b.1978) is a Los Angeles based furniture designer/maker raised in Tijuana, Mexico. Tanya’s work is informed by border experiences: the interconnectedness of societies, the beauty in struggle and the celebration of culture. She uses furniture as a way to translate emotions into a three dimensional objects and tell stories trough color and touch. Her work encourages users to reconsider the objects they use on a daily basis by creating work that explores an objects’ unseen aspect, such as half chairs that rely on the wall to function and whose image is only complete as its shadow is cast upon the wall.
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