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Archive for February, 2014



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.


March 5th – Jennifer Pastor

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


February 19th – Vincent Desiderio

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


February 12, 2014 – Kukuli Velarde

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