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 featuring temporary public art projects and public programs at outdoor locations, taking art out of the museum environment and into the diverse neighborhoods of our City where residents live, work, and play. Karen Moss of the Graduate Public Practice program was on the selection panel.
Bellvue Gardens, 2003. Neon. 22 in. x 24 inches, Kori Newkirk
Based in Los Angeles, Kori Newkirk explores issues of the body, alienation and location. Newkirk received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993 and his MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 1997. His work is in the collections of the Hammer Museum, MCA Chicago, MOCA Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago, Henry Art Gallery (Seattle) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Focus, charcoal rubbing on canvas, 20 X 14', 2013
L.A.-based artist Joshua Callaghan create clever installations that serve as both art and a way to disguise undesirable city objects such as utility boxes. Callaghan has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and his MFA from UCLA. He has exhibited at LA Louver, L.A.; Kantor/Feuer Gallery, L.A.; Magazzino d'Arte Modern, Rome; High Desert Test Sites, Yucca Valley, CA; South La Brea Gallery, L.A.; Kirk Douglas Theater, and L.A.; Spencer Brownstone Gallery, N.Y.