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Social Practice Art the Gestalt of CURRENT:LA

A recent mayoral announcement officially launched the Department of Cultural Affairs’ new Current:LA initiative, an issues-driven public art biennial whose inaugural edition happens at non-traditional locations scattered across the city in July and August. The first edition, Current:LA Water, addresses the multivalent topic of water’s usage, history, and role in the city’s physical and social infrastructure. This includes the L.A. River, but as the organizers are quick to point out, it is about so much more than just the river.

Fine Arts Faculty Exhibiting in Current:LA

Fine Arts faculty members Kori Newkirk and Joshua Callaghan have been selected for the City of LA's first public art biennial, Current:LA. More than a dozen artists were chosen for the inaugural biennial which hopes to democratize the way people access art by featurin

Faculty Karen Moss Part of Curatorial Team Behind CURRENT:LA

More than a dozen artists — including L.A.-based Kori Newkirk, Edgar Arceneaux, Gala Porras-Kim and Michael Parker — have been selected to participate in Los Angeles' first public art biennial, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced at a news conference early Tuesday afternoon.

The "Current:LA Water" exhibition will consist of temporary outdoor installations that will go up throughout the city this summer, all focused on the theme of water.

Alumnus Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia Unveils New Mural in La Jolla

Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia’s ('07 MFA Painting) mural, Demos Gracias, is a vibrant expression of gratitude and optimism. The title, Demos Gracias, translates to a call for thanksgiving. A golden sunburst emanates throughout the composition and creates a warm and lively glow, which transcends the image into a heavenly space above. Intersecting the image are brightly colored Papel Picado and Prayer banners that read “For Love”, “For a Better Future”, and “Thanks Be to God” as an echo of good will.

Graduate Writing Professor Paul Vangelisti Publishes 33rd Book of Poetry

Graduate Writing Professor Paul Vangelisti has published his thirty-third book of poetry. Border Music, a collection of new work from 2006-2014, will be out from Talisman House later this month.

Cathy Lightfoot's Sensation of Color

In 2013, Cathy Lightfoot, Adjunct Associate Professor, started an informal exploration of color relationships in her sketchbook. A painter, Lightfoot used the series of informal gouache exercises to explore color gradations, and color relationships that appear to generate light energy. The project grew into a focused and systematic investigation numbering over 120 gouache paintings that she intended to arrange in combinations for use when planning her larger paintings.

Faculty Maura Bendett Featured in Artillery Magazine

As a student, seeking respite from the relatively hidebound painting department, I often retreated to the sculpture studios. There, the critical gaze of teachers seemed less intense; sculpture students did as they pleased. Around that time about a decade ago, I took Beginning Sculpture from Krysten Cunningham, who fostered critical dialogue around fundamental techniques of welding and casting.

ArtNet Features New Work from Faculty Andrea Bowers

When activism finds its way into the art gallery, the house style is what Paige Sarlin calls "new left-wing melancholy," or what I think of as “post-radical chic:" neutralized and neutralizing, mining the paraphernalia of protest for historical pathos. This is not the way Andrea Bowers operates, as you can confirm for yourself if you visit the LA artist's show at Andrew Kreps Gallery in Chelsea, dubbed “Whose Feminism Is It Anyway?"
 

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