Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Los Angeles 2013 Printers Fair

Despite the heat there was a big turnout, Saturday, October 5 for the 5th Annual Los Angeles Printers Fair.  According to the program the event is the largest letterpress event of its kind in the US.

Kevin Bradley of Church of Type was the guest artist of the fair and demonstrated on a Vandercook Press.

I stopped at CSULB MFA Alumni Camilla Taylor (http://www.camilla-taylor.com ) and Erynn Richardson‘s (http://www.erynnrichardson.com  ) booth specializing in quality handmade and printed ephemera – and came away with some of Camilla’s very cool bumble bee wing earrings. 

On a side note…..if you have time it is well worth checking out Camilla’s blog on cutting linoleum scraps....  http://horsefleshproductions.blogspot.com/2012/07/catman-print-from-linoleum-scraps.html

But back to the fair -- also among the many exhibitors was another CSULB BFA graduate, Alex Fridrich, representing Angels Gate Cultural Center (http://www.angelsgateart.org/).  Angels Gate in San Pedro is a fully equipped printmaking studio for intaglio, relief, monotype and silkscreen printing.

The International Museum of Printing  which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year is located at 315 W Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA 90745 310-515-7166 and is open throughout the year.  http://www.printmuseum.org

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Rethinking the Multiple, An Exhibition at Occidental College

This sure-to-be-spectacular exhibition opens in Los Angeles' Weingart Gallery on the campus of Occidental College, Wednesday 10/9.  From 5 - 8 PM, there will be an installation performance provided by Paul Mullowney, one of the artists whose work is being displayed. (I'm assuming both the seriously long toes, and the image they stand upon belong to him.)
The other three artists are also exceptionally quite fine - Lynne Allen teaches printmaking at  Rutgers University in New Jersey, and uses non-traditional materials to create prints that investigate her Native American heritage.
Phyllis McGibbon, another East Coast denizen, holds forth on the same subject at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and is a fellow Dürer enthusiast. Her visual work is largely concerned with how printed images manage to "dis"locate and time travel between artists, physical locations, and cultures. (Sounds like the theme of every one of my three hour lectures...) The gleaming baton below, while appearing to be machine tooled, is a rolled copper plate with an image of Dürer's etched into it. The piece glitters on so very many varied levels.
Fred Hagstrom teaches at Carleton College in the great white north of  Minnesota. His artist's statement ends with these two lovely lines - "I want to see the art world become more concerned with passionately held beliefs and beauty, and less concerned with irony or market based strategies. I believe that art should be a part of people's lives, and that it has the power to change the way we view the world."

Directions may be located by visiting: http://www.oxy.edu/page/maps-directions
Should you find yourself at that venue, do let Linda Lyke know that I send my regards.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Soma and Breath: Work by Tim Musso and Camilla Taylor

OPENING RECEPTION October 3, Thursday 6pm
EXHIBITION DATES October 3 – October 29, 2013

"A two person show at the art gallery of Cal Baptist University in Riverside, CA, featuring the artwork of Camilla Taylor and Tim Musso. Coinciding with the Riverside Artwalk."

Both Camilla Taylor and Tim Musso are CSULB alumni, whose main medium is printmaking. When you hear a word 'printmaking' and only think of a nice little image on a small piece of paper, I can assure you that you will probably be caught off guard by those two artists. I will dare not to describe too much about them, but if you are planning on not experiencing their works in person, all I want to tell you is that you might be missing something incredibly amazing.

3737 Main Street Riverside
Suite 101


Untitled II, Tim Musso

Homage to Ernst Haeckel, Tim Musso

The Crowd (Installation View), Camilla Taylor

The Crowd I, Camilla Taylor


Monday, September 23, 2013

NEWTON'S THIRD: A Karmic Interpretation

Opening Reception Oct 12, 2013 7–10PM
Oct 12–Oct 26, 2013

This is a big group exhibition with works inspired by "duality, connectivity, and universal balance". Many of the featured artists are CSULB alumni, some MFA printmaking, MFA/BFA illustration, etc.

F+ Gallery
661 Poinsettia St., Santa Ana, California 92701

Jennie Cotterill

Aaron Brown | Alex Gardner  | Autumn Buck | Camilla Taylor | Catherine Yi | Chanta deFelice | Corrie Walton | C.R. Stecyk !!! | Diana Danielis | Fred Rose | Javier Beltran | Jennifer Reifsneider | Josh Grelock | Julius Tanag | McLean Fahnestock | Megan LeMaster | Micah Kersh | Nancy Chiu | Nicole Goux | Nicole Sloan | Patti McCandless | Paul Alvarez III | Paul Aguilera | Sara M Lyons | Steven Pillai | Susanne Melanie Berry | Trace Mendoza | Ya-el Pedroza | Yevgeniya Mikhailik 

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Give Up 

An exhibition of Carleton Christy's evocative drawings and sculptures is currently on view at Whittier College's Greenleaf Gallery. The show runs until 10/11. Hours for the gallery are from 9:30 - 5:00 PM. It is located at 13406 Philadelphia Street in Whittier CA.

Carleton received his MFA in our Printmaking Area and prior to studying at CSULB, studied with renowned artist Wayne Kimball (lithographer extraordinaire) at Brigham Young University in Utah. His work in the exhibition incorporates text & visually explores the concept of what it means to "give up."

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Moments Unchained: Painting and Drawings by Yu Ji

Sept 8–Oct 31

Yu Ji, our life drawing and painting professor at CSULB, is currently exhibiting at Founders Hall Art Gallery of Soka University. His works take very figurative approach to explore contemporary urban life through the media of painting and drawing.

"He was influenced by both contemporary American figurative painters and several New York formalist artists whose teaching challenged him to deepen his understanding of pictorial expression and establish an open perspective for professional studio practice."

Visit here for more info.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ink & Clay 2013
Presented by W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery

September 14 – October 26, 2013
Opening Reception: September 21, 3–6pm

"Established in 1971, Ink & Clay is an annual competition of printmaking, drawing, ceramic ware, clay sculpture and mixed-media utilizing any variety of “ink” or “clay” as a material... For the fist time, Ink & Clay shall be open to artists working in all 50 United States of America, officially making this a National Competition! "

I am very excited to announce that our fellow CSULB students, 'Dusty' Taylor Guerra, Marcus Thibodeau and Associate Professor Kimiko Miyoshi are featured in this exhibition. In addition, Dusty has been chosen as an award recipient this year! Vince Palacios, who also was one of Professor R. Sexauer's relief printmaking students, is also featured in the exhibition, no doubt with some fabulous ceramic work. I hope everyone can take their time, see their artistic expressions in person, and be inspired by this wonderful opportunity.

W. Keith and Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768 

Gallery Number: (909)-869-4302

Here are some samples of the artists' works!

 Work by Dusty Taylor Guerra, 'Pepiño'

 Work by Marcus Thibodeau, 'Perso la Lettera D´amore'

Works by Kimiko Miyoshi, 'horror vacui: map 1'(top), 'canal 1'(bottom)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Exhibition by Christi Jay & Cheryl Louise Humphreys, 'Bring Into Being'

September 6th, 2013 - October 11th, 2013
*Gallery Hours by appointment.

This is a two-person show by Christi Jay and Cheryl Louise Humphreys. The exhibition features Cheryl Humphreys' prints, and Jay's sculptures and textile pieces. Humphreys' prints are called 'blind embossings' (some combined with monotype) — where plates or objects are printed through a press without being inked up. Visit http://thepopstudio.com/gallery/show/bring-into-being/ for more info. 

Cheryl Louise Humphreys' blog:

"Through the exploration of surrendering control to their mediums, Christi Jay & Cheryl Louise Humphreys come together as a single force for Bring Into Being... Just as everything in the natural world does, their works and process have both yin and yang aspects, for instance shadow cannot exist without light, surrender cannot exist without control." (excerpt from the gallery website)

Pop Gallery
3505 Helms Ave.
Culver City, CA 90232

*Images taken from Humphreys' blog.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SALON: small works on paper
Opening Reception September 14, 2013 7–9pm
September 14 – October 9

A Group Show Featuring works by:

Mark Allen | Courtney ArwinNicola Atkinson/nadflyJames BoultonNathan Danilowicz Amanda Gordon DunnShea M. Gauer | Karolyn GehrigJohn KannenbergCaleb Jones Lyons | Lucas MurgidaDave Paco | Jeremy Rocine | Justin Schaefer Camilla Taylor

Curated by J. Frede
*Names in white should be linked to their website, for your convenience.

As the title says, the show will feature works on paper, so you should definitely get to see lots of drawings and prints. As I looked up the artists quickly, I grew a feeling that this was going to be filled with a lot of exciting works. Plus, some of the artists are CSULB alumni, so there is no reason not to go and support them! 

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@ Namaste Highland Park
5118 York Blvd, Highland Park, 90042

work by Amanda Gordon Dunn

work by Camilla Taylor

work by Nicola Atkinson.Does Fly

work by James Boulton

work by John Kannenberg

work by James Boulton

Monday, September 9, 2013

Jamie Sweetman's Exhibition - "Symmetries" at the Stone Rose Gallery

Jamie Sweetman's exhibition Symmetries opened on Saturday evening at the Stone Rose Gallery in downtown Long Beach, California.  Located at 342 East 4th Street, it will run until October 5th, 2013. Gallery hours are Wednesdays & Thursdays, from noon - 6 PM, & Fridays & Saturdays, from noon - 7 PM.  

I feel such an intense artistic connection to these works...even down to the fact that we share some of the same titles (Bleeding Heart comes immediately to mind). Like Jamie, I'm also preoccupied with making visible that which lies beneath the flesh's surface, & although our mediums are quite different, I completely relate to her assured handling of simple drawing materials. In her competent hands, colored pencils, water soluble crayon, & gouache layer together on Mylar to create poetic amalgams of bone, synapse, & muscle that often combine with floral or pelagic entities. Symmetry is of course inherent, but beyond that, Jamie's work is (as theorist James Elkins elegantly phrases it) pure "visceral seeing."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Dirk Hagner: Deep Cuts
A review by Bevis Hari
The exhibition runs until 5/28/2013
Dirk Hagner: Deep Cuts, found inside Biola University’s library, features breath-taking prints done by artist Dirk Hagner. Walking inside the library for the first time, one is greeted with large-scale woodcuts  mounted on the walls. Beautiful prints over twenty by forty inches in size are framed, while the original wood block used in the process hangs next to them.
The artist’s main subject is portraying prominent people known throughout the course of history. Although most of his prints depict simply faces, Hagner successfully gives a dramatic look and pose to each. For instance, Hagner’s Tilman Riemenschneider (2002) shows the prolific German woodcarver curiously looking off into the distance. It is apparent that this was done using the suicide cut method. One side of the composition is dominated by shadow, and the background is composed by a vertical textured pattern that mimics the look of etched marks. In fact, what I find to be my favorite feature amongst the prints by Hagner is the obvious display of "chatter" marks. Its as if he intended not to be too careful about his mark making, however still keeping every details with the different width of the various gouges. One can also recognize that Hagner paid attention to light, as each of his prints assumes one light source that directs the lighting and shading. All these elements combine to create successful and dramatic composition within each print.
I have seen a few woodcut prints that are magnificent, but not as iconic as Dirk Hagner’s. The consistency in style and subject matter amongst his prints makes him a successful printmaking artist. There is no doubt that Biola University chose the right artist to represent art in printmaking.