Posts tagged CalArts
Mike Kelley: The Fine Art of Dropping Out by Anthony Strain
Mike Kelley is ten years gone. He was a known Catholic apostate, and sometimes his jovial irreverence carried the shy sting of the once-bitten. This falling out of faith is relevant to his practice only because Kelley found it hard to stay between the lines, no matter which way they were drawn. From this, transgression became habit; memory and conspiracy became material spaces to render. Focusing on Kelley's "Educational Complex," and on the artist's preoccupation with the McMartin Preschool child abuse scandal, Anthony Strain examines the Kelley style of eclecticism and how it relates to leaving expectations behind, and finding the taboo in the ordinary.
Michael Asher: There is Never Enough Time to Get Everything Said by Thomas Lawson
In 1983 The Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design published Michael Asher’s Writings 1973 – 1983 on Works 1969 – 1979. The book was edited by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, and in his preface he notes that the motive he and Asher shared was to make accessible an artistic project that was by its nature transient. As is typical for a small college press, the book was published in a small edition, and has long been out of print. For years students and fans have shared tattered PDFs, but now Primary Information has republished it, giving Thomas Lawson an opportunity to reconsider a number of projects that Asher completed in art school contexts, just as he was beginning a long career as a transformative teacher at CalArts.
Crashing Down by Jörn Jacob Rohwer
Steven D. Lavine served for 29 years as the third president of CalArts, from 1988 - 2017. CalArts at the time of Lavine’s arrival was deeply financially indebted and faced uncertain odds. Then, on January 17, 1994, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake—the strongest in modern Los Angeles history—struck, severely damaging the main campus building. Here, in conversation with author Jörn Jacob Rowher, he reflects on the Northridge earthquake, the destruction it caused, and how the CalArts community came together to rebuild in the months following the disaster.
A CalArts Story by Thomas Lawson
To outsiders the place looked like a hippie colony, a place full of longhairs and dogs, children running free, and hand-held video cameras recording it all. Inside, it was a place of possibility. Although there were recognizable classes, the motivating idea was to create more informal spaces where artist teachers and their students discussed ideas and developed projects, most outside the traditional frameworks of art-making, projects that aimed to question the very institutional construction of art itself.
Unseen in the Archives: Inclusion and Omission in “Inside Out and Upside Down, Posters from CalArts 1970-2019” by Carmen Amengual
In September 2020, the Gallery at REDCAT celebrated the virtual launch of "Inside Out & Upside Down: Posters from CalArts 1970–2019" with a conversation between exhibition curator and CalArts graphic design faculty Michael Worthington and co-organizers and CalArts alumni Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton and Silas Munro. The talk was moderated by Carmen Amengual, REDCAT Gallery Assistant Curator. This was the first of a series of conversations that critically addressed the exhibition in relation to issues of inclusion and representation in the field of graphic design and graphic design education.
Remembering John Baldessari by Thomas Lawson
John Baldessari at the opening of his exhibition at Molly Barnes Gallery in Los Angeles, 1968. Photo by Phillip T. Jones and courtesy of Baldessari Estate. In the days following John Baldessari’s death in early January this year, I dug into my archives looking for something to re-post on…