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April 30, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Claremont Graduate University MFA Open Studios on May 1, 2011

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, CGU Art has a history of graduating talented MFA students who go on to make important contributions to contemporary art. This weekend is a chance to dig a little deeper into the work of the class of 2011.

“This premiere, annual event is the only time during the year when the artists’ private work studios are completely open to the public for viewing. The MFA student artists will be on-hand to answer questions and interact with the public. Feel free to bring the family and stay for an afternoon of inquisitive fun. Refreshments will be served.”

As if you needed any added incentive, one of the graduating students, Perry Marks, is giving away a free signed limited edition thermographic print to the first 25 visitors to studio 117.

They’ll also be having their Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 graduating class group exhibition beginning this Monday, at the same location. It runs through May 13 and the hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 to 5:00.

These will be the last CGU Art events until summer’s over. See you there.

April 19, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Quote from Harry Gamboa, Jr.

“Well, a lot of us have known each other for 30 years. We met when we were very young and we butted heads a lot. Now that we’re older, our heads have healed.” 

Harry Gamboa, Jr., when I asked him in February 2011 at Scripps College in Claremont about the experience of showing his work at the Artist’s Museum at MOCA.

April 18, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Harrell Fletcher at Pitzer College on April 20 & 21, 2011

Murray Pepper & Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series

making art with strangers

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

4:15 – 5:30 p.m., Benson Auditorium

Light refreshments will be served following the lecture.

Thursday, April 21, 2011, 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Join Harrell Fletcher for a “Interactive Walking Tour”  (tour itinerary to follow.)

Since the early 1990s, Harrell Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative  and interdisciplinary artworks.  His work has been shown at many galleries and museums, including SF MoMA, the Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Drawing Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Wrong Gallery, Apex Art, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, CoCA Seattle,The Seattle Art Museum, Signal in Malmo, Sweden, Domain de Kerguehennec in France, The Royal College of Art in London, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. He was a participant in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Harrell Fletcher is an associate professor of art and social practice  at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

See you there. (Click image below to enlarge.)

April 12, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Artist Todd Hebert at CGU on April 13, 2011

Todd Hebert is a painter and he’s coming Wednesday to talk to the CGU Art grad students and anyone else who’d like to come listen. He makes blurry Pop Art paintings with an airbrush that seem sort of festive and sad at the same time. His favorite subjects have been individual snowmen, fireworks, sparklers, water bottles – no people. Hebert has showing locally at the Mark Moore Gallery and has been reviewed in the NYTimes, Art Review, and of course by our local David Pagel in the LA Times. The announcement below arrived in my inbox yesterday. See you there:

This year’s CGU Art Atlantic Lecturer, Todd Hebert, will be presenting an artist talk for the public on Wednesday, April 13th at 4:30 p.m. in Burkle 14 in the Burkle Family Building located at the southwest corner of Drucker Way and Dartmouth in Claremont.  A reception will follow the lecture in the CGU Art Building Lobby.

Mr. Hebert recently exhibited solo shows in LA at Mark Moore in 2009 and in New York at Jack Shainman in 2010.  The artist is a recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and grants including:

2005 Aldrich Museum of Contemporary At Emerging Artist Award

2000-2001 Eliza Prize, The Core Program, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX

1999-2001  Fellow, The Core Program, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX

1998  Fellow, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

April 9, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Second Saturday Artwalk at the Pomona Artists Colony, April 9, 2011

Local Claremont artist Steve Comba has an opening tonight at Bunny Gunner (click image above to enlarge the postcard). I wish I could say more about his exhibition but I don’t know Steve or his art (yet), although I’m intrigued by the Arboretum postcard. Speaking of Bunny Gunner, we went to Pomona for the Last Saturday Artwalk in March and finally met owner Susie who gave us the scoop on the latest happenings in the Arts Colony. I think if I lived in Pomona I’d stop in there to talk with her on a regular basis, just to find out what’s new. I recommend it. The other nice thing about stopping at Bunny Gunner was that I had a chance to catch up with Claremont artist Rebecca Hamm who was having a closing reception for her show “Water Rites.” Her paintings capture the moment when a person is emerging from or being covered with water. My favorites are the smaller images painted on paper bags. Rebecca’s also part of a second exhibit I really want to see at Andi Campognone. See you there.

April 4, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Want to be an Artist-In-Residence?

Not many jobs will offer you money to go somewhere for a few months to gain inspiration. It’s another reason that being an artist is a good gig if you can get it: Artist-In-Residence programs. On Tuesday Adam Davis, a professor at Scripps College here in Claremont, is going to talk about his own artist residence experiences and give advice on how to find a good program for your medium.

Before I reprint the Scripps press release on the Adam Davis lecture, I’d like to spend a moment letting you know about the Echo Park Film Center, one of my favorite art non-profits in Los Angeles that just happens to have an Artist-In-Residence program now accepting applicants. EPFC has been around for almost 10 years, providing free or low-cost filmmaking classes and equipment rental to aspiring artists. They recently did some workshops at Pitzer College and around the Inland Empire, and founder Paolo Davanzo will be back in the next few months to talk to the next generation of arts managers at CGU about art entrepreneurship. He’s a good man, that Italian charmer (see photo). I’ll post something when he’s out again. Meanwhile, please pass the following information along to any filmmakers you know who might be interested. The Film Center is looking for artists in some way connected to  Africa or Asia for this year’s residency, although all are welcome to apply:

EPFC Summer Artist In Residence Program

This four-week residency is an opportunity for an emerging or established filmmaker to explore our urban Los Angeles neighborhood, utilize EPFC’s equipment and services to facilitate a short film project, and share creative vision, experience and knowledge with the Echo Park community. In addition to the artist completing and exhibiting at least one new work, the terms of the residency include teaching one workshop to local youth (12 hours) on any topic related to media art, and curating one evening screening of films / videos which may be a retrospective of past work or a program of work by other filmmakers whose works reflect ideas of interest and influence to the artist in residence.

The residency, scheduled for the month of August, includes lodging in a nearby apartment and an artist’s stipend, paid in two installments. The selected artist is ideally based in a location outside the greater Los Angeles area with a keen interest in creating and exhibiting work of artistic and social relevance.

And now, the press release for the Scripps lecture:

Adam Davis, professor of art at Scripps College, speaks on “Artist-in-Residence Programs: A Field Manual and Travel Journal,” as part of the Malott Commons Tuesday Noon Academy, on Tuesday, April 5, at 12:00 p.m. The doors will open at 11:45 a.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Over the past twelve years, Professor Davis has participated in several Artist-In-Residence programs, nationally as well as internationally. Davis will discuss these programs as well as sharing his travel diary. He will address the how-to’s of finding a program best suited for ones needs as well as reporting on his own research and experiences.

To date, Professor Davis has participated in residencies at The Archie Bray Foundation For The Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT; The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA; Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim, Norway; Svenska Konstskolans Vänner in Nykarleby, Finland; Sculpture Space in Utica, New York; Bait Makan in Amman Jordan; and Homesession in Barcelona, Spain.

The Tuesday Noon Academy is a weekly, one-hour series of lectures held in the Hampton Room of the Malott Commons. Bring your own lunch, or purchase lunch at the Malott Commons Dining Hall. Dessert and coffee are provided.

For more information, contact the Malott Commons Office at (909) 607-9372.

See you there.

March 30, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

First Friday Claremont Village Art Walk and opening reception at OBJCT on April 1, 2011

This week it’s the First Friday Art Walk in Claremont. It starts around 6:00 pm and the weather is supposed to be gorgeous. There’s the added bonus that OBJCT – our lone contemporary art gallery in town – is having an opening reception this month. Here’s a shortened version of the invite that was delivered to my inbox today. See you there:

April 1 – May 1, 2011

Friday April 1, 2011  6 – 9 PM
588 West First Street
Claremont, CA

The more advanced science gets, the closer it is to art. The more advanced art gets, the closer it is to science.

Richard Buckminster Fuller, one of the most influential architects, inventor, environmentalist and humanitarian of the last century, expressed in this way his belief in the dialogue between two principal domains capable of introducing artifacts (objects), creating visions and pushing boundaries of technology such are art and science further than ever.

Recently more attention to the ecological issues of today that Fuller anticipated more that 50 years ago when he coined the phrase ‘spaceship earth’ are inspiring both artists and designers to take responsibility for the fragility of the planet.

This juncture of Art and Technology with an increased awareness and urgency to address the issues that face our survival is at the crux of this exhibition.  Looking at the intersection of art and design through the lens of new technological advances has produced work that not only brings beauty into our lives but presents new ideals in how we traverse, experience and respond to the world around us.

Artists/Designers include:

R. Buckminster Fuller – Spaceship Earth

Campana Brothers – Brazil

Korban/Flaubert – Australia

Karim Rashid – NYC

Dustin Feider – LA

Matali Crasset – France

Claesson, Koivisto, Rune – Sweden


Harry Allen – NYC

David Wade – LA

Michael Young – UK

FoxLin Architects with Houston Drum – LA

Senior Architecture Students at Cal Poly Pomona

March 30, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Artist Jonas Wood speaking at CGU on March 30, 2011

Jonas Wood is coming to speak at the CGU Artist Lecture Series today. (By the way, I think they should rename this series “Inside the Artist’s Studio.”) I have a soft spot for paintings of interior spaces and mobiles and he paints both of these. I wish we could see the actual paintings, but he’ll talk about his process and show slides and I guess that’s the next best thing. After the Jonas Wood’s talk there is a wine & cookie reception at the CGU Gallery where you can see the two new CGU Art MFA thesis exhibitions. I checked them out already and recommend you don’t miss Kerry Rodgers photographs and video piece of the Haiti earthquake aftermath. It sounds like a downer, but not so much, I don’t think. Go see it and then we’ll talk.

Here’s Jonas Wood invite:

You are invited to attend this weeks Visiting Artist Lecture by Jonas Wood in the Albrecht Auditorium on the campus of Claremont Graduate University.

Wednesday, March 30th : 4:30 p.m.
Auditorium is at southwest corner of 10th & Dartmouth in Claremont.

Reception to follow artist talk in the CGU ART lobby.

We are looking forward to hosting Mr. Wood on campus after
his successful show @ Anton Kern Gallery in New York.
For more info read below….
Thank you from CGU ART.

Anton Kern Gallery
Jonas Wood

Art Review | Jonas Wood
Paintings by Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood’s painting continues to mature impressively, gaining pictorial and
psychological weight. More than ever his works negotiate an uneasy truce among
the abstract, the representational, the photographic and the just plain weird.
They achieve this with a dour yet lavish palette, tactile but implacably
workmanlike surfaces and a subtly perturbed sense of space in which seemingly
flattened planes and shapes undergo shifts in tone and angle that continually
declare their constructed, considered, carefully wrought artifice.

A case in point is “Sun Porch” and the several browns that denote the spindled
back of an armchair at its center, although it takes the eyes a while to
notice, given the room’s crowded topography of furniture, embroidered textiles
and, overhead, the beamed ceiling.

Mr. Wood paints the artist’s life that happens to be his own. In its broadest
outlines the subject has not changed all that much from, say, Vuillard and
Matisse to Alex Katz and David Hockney. In Mr. Wood’s case it includes the
hallway leading to his studio, a stack of birdcages stored in a corner
somewhere (occasioning a riotous extravagance of parallel lines) and a large
cluster of incised ceramic vessels, suffused in a weirdly palpable gray light,
by the artist Shio Kusaka, to whom Mr. Wood is married.

The show’s most ambitious work is “The Hypnotist,” which turns out to depict
Mr. Wood sitting stoically in the office of a man whose oddly set expression
seems to hold the entire, tilting room in check.

Each painting here presents a highly personal but impersonally observed
reality that has been astutely cobbled together but is almost too much to take
in. It is presented whole, but with all the seams showing for easy
disassembly. That’s enough to make one of painting’s most frequent subjects <
the artist’s life < seem new again.>

See you there. Here are some more Jonas Wood images from his Anton Kern Gallery event:

March 26, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Latino Rockabilly Festival at Pitzer College on March 26, 2011

The annual Latino Rockabilly Festival at Pitzer College is going on today. Right now. I’m heading over as soon as I’m done posting this. (I’ll be the one woefully underdressed. I’m going to hide behind some sunglasses and red lipstick, but the women at this event have style for miles.) This is the greatest low-brow art event in Claremont all year. You’ll see some jaw-dropping low-rider contemporary art that is uniquely Los Angeles in every way. Don’t wait to see it in a museum somewhere, someday. Come out right now. Plus, it’s worth a visit just for the carne asada tacos. See you there.

FREE Event, Open to Public

CAR EXHIBITION, VENDORS (Art, Apparel, Music, etc.), FOOD & MORE!!

10 am-5pm, Pitzer College on The Mounds, McConnell Apron, and Commencement Plaza


Don Juan y Los Blancos, Jonny Come Lately, Gamblers Mark, The Wiseguys, Omar & The Stringpoppers

The 4th Annual Latino Student Union Rockabilly Festival is a celebration of an aesthetic movement typically called “Kustom Kulture.” Kustom Kulture is a term encompassing artists who work with different mediums, including metal fabricators, tattooist, pinstrippers, photographers, filmmakers and performance artists. Kustom Kulture is often synonymous with “lowbrow art” and “pop surrealism.” Popular Kustom Kulture artists include, Von Dutch (Kenneth Howard), Ed Roth, and Robert Williams. Yet, the most pioneering Kustom Kulture artists were the metal fabricators who radically transformed classic American cars into rolling sculpture. It is little wonder that one of Tom Wolfe’s most memorable essays was devoted to these artists and appropriately titled, “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby.” Today, Kustom Kulture is alive in many Latino barrios throughout the Southwest. With their fusion of Aztec-Catholic-Pachuco-Chicano-Greaser-Lowrider imagery and the styles and art of Ed Roth and Von Dutch; these artists are redefining Kustom Kulture in contemporary America. Come see barrio art and the artists on March 26th on “The Mounds” at Pitzer College.

March 26, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Making Fun at Scripps with Claremont Community Foundation March 27, 2011

Claremont Community Foundation (CCF) is a philanthropic organization that has been in making contributions to the local art community since 1989. They regularly fund the local schools, the Claremont Heritage Foundation, and public art pieces in Claremont, among other things. They even have a small gallery in their offices on Yale Street. All of this work is done through donations from the community. Currently, CCF is in the middle of their annual fundraiser, the Party Parade. This Sunday the Party Parade is hosting a cocktail party at Scripps College in the gallery showcasing the ceramics exhibit I’ve mentioned earlier in this blog.

If you haven’t yet been to see this exhibit, this is your chance to get a private tour and contribute to CCF at the same time. The exhibit comes down on this week, so hurry to see it, even if you don’t go to the CCF event. The Scripps press release has this to say about the image above (which was pretty rotted out when I went to see it a few weeks ago. I’ll bet it’s unrecognizable now):

“The piece includes two blown-up photographs of ceramic elephants perched atop ripe tomatoes and the reality behind the pictures–two tiny statues toppled by the tomato’s eventual decay. It’s a striking piece of modern momento mori and a centerpiece of the 67thCeramic Annual, the longest-running contemporary ceramics exhibition in the United States.”

Sunday, March 27
Party Parade #20 — LOL – Making Fun at Scripps
4:30 – 6:30 PM

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
Millard Sheets Art Center at Scripps College
1030 Columbia Avenue
(909) 398-1060

This year, guest curator, Tim Berg, Assistant Professor of
Ceramics at Pitzer College, brings the concept of play, which
is both fun and serious to the Ruth Chandler Williamson
Gallery for The Scripps Ceramic Annual.

Enjoy a feature cocktail, and hors d’oeuvres while being
enlightened by personal guides who will present the
contemporary collection, ranging from pottery and
vessel making to stop motion animation and installation.

$35 per person

Note: The gallery is free at any other time. See you there.