Posts tagged CalArts
Reframing the House of Dust: An Interview with Janet Sarbanes and Ken Ehrlich by Thomas Aguila
The House of Dust by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles was an extensive project of many parts: a hybrid of computer-generated poetry, sculpture, happening, and pedagogical experiment. On the fiftieth anniversary of House of Dust, writer Janet Sarbanes and artist Ken Ehrlich of the CalArts School of Critical Studies led the creation of a new house—the House of Glass—designed and built on campus by CalArts students.
Artists at Work: Fiona Connor by Thomas Lawson
Artist Fiona Connor ran Laurel Doody, an experimental exhibition space, out of her apartment-studio on Cloverdale Avenue from April 2015 to 2016. This interview, in which Thomas Lawson and Connor discuss the Laurel Doody project, was conducted in another Silver Lake apartment in early September 2016.
Artists at Work: Wadada Leo Smith by Anthony Elms
Trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith describes what he makes as creative music, an expansive description of the process, rather than jazz, a limiting and genre-specific term; the at-times chamber feel of his music alongside the broad range of tonal coloration in his compositions, and the instrumental complexity of his ensembles, clearly evidence why. Ankhrasmation is Smith’s solution for merging improvisation and composing. The word is a combination of “Ankh,” the Egyptian symbol for life, “Ras,” the Ethiopian word for leader, and “Ma,” a term for mother.
A Community of Artists: Radical Pedagogy at CalArts, 1969-72 by Janet Sarbanes
A painter, a composer, a drama scholar, two directors, and two radical social scientists sat down at a table in 1969 to plot the future of the California Institute of the Arts. These were CalArts’ first administrators, and the challenge before them—and before the faculty they’d recruited for each of their departments or “schools” of art, film, theater/dance, music, design, and critical studies—was to actualize Walt Disney’s vision of bringing all of the arts together in one institution of higher learning, resulting in “a kind of cross-pollination that [would] bring out the best in its students.”
Artists at Work: Jim Shaw by Julian Hoeber
Jim Shaw is a major figure in contemporary art whose career began in music, with his early collaborative work with Mike Kelley in the 1970s anti-rock band Destroy All Monsters. Since then, he has gone on to work in a range of media, from drawing and sculpture to performance, producing a perverse and radical reimagining of American culture. I worked for Shaw for several years, getting an up-close view of how he developed his work, which often started with a joke or coincidence that would later become a beautifully crafted object. We met in October 2013 to discuss art history, psychoanalysis, and the ways that unconscious processes inform his highly conceptual practice.