Art Practice has awarded José Figueroa (MFA’16) a Sam Francis Fellowship to participate in the 2016-2017 Grad Fellowship Program at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

From the artist:

“My work systematically chronicles different layers of my identity, with the goal of deconstructing basic epistemological categories that separate the aesthetic from the everyday, the sacred from the profane. I look at the repetitive gestures embedded in folklore, religion, and ideology through various means of expression from painting, ceramics, photography, video, and performance to interviews, collaborations, texts, relics, and ready-mades. I position myself as a shaman who seeks to unveil the masks of history. My goal is to create transformative healing experiences for my viewers, surroundings, and former selves.”

For more information on Jose Figueroa and the Headlands Center for the Arts: http://www.headlands.org/artist/jose-figueroa/

“Kira Kira, Moya Moya, Hara Hara,” by August Artist-in-Residence Masako Miki, Fall 2016 Art Practice Instructor.

August 3, 2016September 4, 2016
August 3–September 4, 2016
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, Fridays until 8:45 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio

Masako Miki’s large-scale drawings incorporate techniques of hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling to create three-dimensional illusions on two-dimensional surfaces. Inspired by Shinto and Buddhist traditions, she attempts through her work to dissolve the boundaries between the realms of the physical and immaterial. (More here)

 

The Art Practice department is thrilled to announce a new full-time faculty hire, Asma Kazmi.

The Art Practice department is thrilled to announce a new full-time faculty hire, Asma Kazmi.

Professor Kazmi comes to Berkeley from the California Institute of Arts, where she served as permanent faculty and Co-Director of the Art Program. Professor Kazmi will teach a range of courses, and will develop a much-needed departmental focus on Performance and its relationship to other media. Kazmi’s trans-disciplinary work has been exhibited and performed across the country, including at LACE, Los Angeles; Queens Museum, New York; and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Upcoming projects include an artist’s residency at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, in Colorado.

Learn more about Asma Kazmi at her website: http://asmakazmi.com/home.html

Art Practice faculty Greg Niemeyer and his team present “The Tsar Bell” concert.

After years of preparation, Greg Niemeyer and his team of experts are finally presenting the sound of the largest bell ever cast, the Tsar Bell. This bell broke before it ever rang, but with the help of data magic (Finite Element Analysis and other techniques) the team was able to establish what that bell would sound like. Now They’re presenting a concert with the other Campanile bells.
For more information: www.tsarbell.com
The prime event to check out would be the full concert on Friday April 15, 2016, from 7:45 PM to 8:15 PM. 

 

AP Undergrad Ramon De Santiago is now a Haas Scholar!

Art Practice undergraduate student Ramon De Santiago has been selected as a Haas Scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year. They had the largest number of applicants ever in the history of the program this year, so the department if very proud of  Ramon’s accomplishment.

What makes a Haas Scholar? Well, they are:

*Academically Talented: value learning both for its own sake and to make a difference in the world
*Community-Oriented:  desire to be part of an interdisciplinary academic community by learning from one’s peers 
*Future Leaders:  ready to take on the challenge of conducting an independent research or creative project that will culminate in a senior/honors thesis

What does a Haas Scholar receive? Well:

*One-on-one mentoring from members of the UC-Berkeley faculty
*A seminar in the Fall (1 units, P/NP) and a writing workshop in the Spring to assist with the research and writing process
*An opportunity to present the results of your work at a professional academic conference in January
*Assistance with graduate school and fellowship applications, career counseling, connections with almost 400 Haas Scholars alumni, and other support to help you realize your individual post-graduation plans
*Membership in an alumni community (nearly 400 strong and growing each year!) that provides ongoing professional development and support
*Financial support during their fellowship year which includes a summer living stipend, a semester/academic year living stipend, research expenses, and a completion stipend

This is a huge accomplishment, and so a big shout-out to Ramon!

 

AP Faculty Stephanie Syjuco’s newest exhibition: Ornament + Crime (Redux)

Ornament + Crime (Redux)
April 14 – May 14, 2016
Opening: Thursday, April 14th, 6-8PM

RYAN LEE is pleased to announce Stephanie Syjuco: Ornament + Crime (Redux), featuring a video from the artist’s “Dazzle Camouflage” series in RLWindow and an accompanying sculptural object in RLProject. This project positions the WWI military tactic of wrapping battleships in a graphic black-and-white pattern in a contemporary framework to consider globalization, migration, historical trauma and colonialism.

On view in RLWindow is a 22-minute HD video from 2013, which takes as its starting point architect Le Corbusier’s 1931 iconic building, Villa Savoye, located outside of Paris. Borrowing the digital model from SketchUp’s open-source network, Syjuco creates a haunting, animated walk-through of the Modernist structure overtaken with disruptive black-and-white graphics of folk patterns culled from France’s prior colonial era: Moroccan, Algerian and Vietnamese textiles. As a historical mash-up of publicly sourced files, this new version of Villa Savoye attempts to transcribe the colonial and cultural history of a Western icon back upon itself as if it were a body to be read and re-read. By infecting the visual cues of its colonies onto itself, a closer view of the society that birthed the building can be made.

To read the complete press release, click here.

To preview the exhibition, click here.

For inquiries, contact Courtney Willis Blair at 212-397-0742 or courtney@ryanleegallery.com.

Artist Interned: A Berkeley Legend Found Beauty in “Enormous Bleakness” of War Camp. Artist Chiura Obata.

During World War II, some of the most important work connected with UC Berkeley was done not in a library, lecture hall, or lab—but from within the barbed-wire confines of internment camps.

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942 mandating the removal of all persons of Japanese ancestry from the western United States, one of the lives he upended was that of Cal art professor Chiura Obata. An artist trained in traditional Japanese techniques but enamored of the American landscape, Obata’s paintings, woodblocks, and sketches serve as a powerful visual diary not only of how the experiences looked, but more importantly, how they felt.

(click to read more…)

New Reviews and Interviews with Art Practice Undergrads

The Worth Ryder Art Gallery Publicity Interns regularly review exhibitions, interview undergrads, and write about artwork for our News page.

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Gordon Hall – “Speculative Lecture”

Reviewed by Katie Revilla

Gordon Hall, a performance artist, writer, and founder of the Center for Experimental Lectures recently came to give a propositional and improvisational lecture at UC Berkeley. For me the lecture redefined and expanded what can be considered an artist’s talk. Two figures were positioned within the space, completely still and motionless. Hall, who was in the corner of the room perched upon a pedestal, began gestures and movement, slowly moving themselves in different variations. As they announced act 1, scene 1, phase 1, they got up from the pedestal and began to move and interact with two large wooden parentheses. As both Gordon and the other performer moved throughout the space with the large wooden parentheses, the conversation began.

Hall read aloud twice in the performance, as well as from their phone, with imagery that to me felt like recalling a memory. The words were colors, objects, items, and feelings all of which in sighted something in me that created certain feelings of nostalgia. Although I don’t completely understand the relationship between the performance and the recalling of these writings, after Hall repeated it, I tried to imagine and feel what they were describing for the rest of the piece. Parts of the performance were also with the lights off, which I found to be a really sensory experience. One could see shadows occasionally, you could hear them moving, and as a performer moved close to where you were sitting, you felt their bodily presence.

Overall, this piece has so many different layers and complexities within itself. I loved how this piece confronted language and challenged how we perceive it. It made me think a lot more about the body and how we can transmit such an array of information. Also, coming from a background and understanding that artist’s lectures are where the artist talks at the audience and then might do a question and answer period at the end of the talk, this piece was able to challenge and shift the ways that artists can provide information through creating a new conversation. Artists don’t necessarily have to do a report on their work but instead convey the meaning of their work through a performance such as this. I found Gordon inspiring, and I’m excited to follow their work as it progresses in the future.

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Video Interview with Shari Paladino from MFA First Year Exhibition

by Shannon Kim

 

 

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Artist Erin Kim

Interviewed by Sae Bom Choi

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Tell me about yourself.

My name is Erin Kim and I am a junior majoring in Landscape Architecture. I have been interested in art and design since I was in elementary school. Ever since I became passionate about art, I enjoyed going to art galleries and museums to get inspirations, and explore new ideas to motivate myself.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

I enjoy working with a variety of medium including acrylic, oil paint, ink, colored pencils, graphite, and more. I like to combine different types of medium to create more interesting effects.

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What themes do you pursue?

I don’t really have a theme that I want to pursue through my works but I try to create works that are meaningful to me. The process that I go through before starting an art piece is that I go over all the photo albums and try to choose a moment or subject that I want to make special by adding aesthetic view to the specific subject.

What inspired you to major in landscape and minor in art?

I was undeclared in College of Letters and Science until the second semester of my sophomore year. The major factor that motivated me to transfer to College of Environmental Design was taking an Environmental Design (ED) class second semester of freshman year. Although I knew that I was interested in art and design, I was uncertain about what I wanted to major in. I had a lot of fun in ED class; the class was about problem solving projects using art and design knowledge. Then I looked more into the Landscape Architecture department and took some Landscape classes then declared as Landscape architecture major. I also wanted to pursue my artistic view by minoring in art.

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How much drawing do you have to go through to prepare for a piece?

I spend a lot of time coming up with an idea for an art piece. I do some quick sketches of all the ideas I have and narrow down to what I want specifically.

What is your dream project? What’s your goal?

My goal is to continue creating art works that are meaningful to me. I always feel that photography is a temporary snapshot of memories. But creating an artwork of the special moment can last longer and remain more valuable to me. My dream project is to create a series of special moments of four years in college.

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Critic’s Perspective: Rediscovering Yoko Ono

by Michele Meltzer

Professor Scott Saul from our neighboring English Department at UC Berkeley has a new podcast show, Chapter & Verse, which features discursive conversations between himself and other academics/critics of media culture. In this episode, Professor Saul brings on Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson of the UC Berkeley History of Art Department to discuss the art of Yoko Ono.

Critical attention to Ono’s work and its centrality within a number of artistic movements, especially her creative output through the 1960s, was for many years lost to an amnesiac cultural narrative which has long held Ono merely as the collaborator, muse, and widow of pop legend John Lennon. Her work—ranging widely from performance art, to instructional pieces, to video and beyond—and its importance to the history of contemporary art have recently regained recognition through exhibitions such as MoMa’s “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971”. Here, Professor Saul along with Professor Bryan-Wilson honor this story which regards Ono as an artist first and foremost, helping audiences recall why Ono’s work stands on its own. The talk involves a rich examination of Ono’s personal story, its influence on her ever-evolving creative process, and the formal risks present in Ono’s art which warrant its acclaim.

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First Friday and Community

by Hannah Laher

We all choose to be an art major, and an art major specifically in Berkeley.  As a soon to be graduate of this program, and a local of the Bay Area since I was a child- the thoughts of what can this community do for me has come to mind more often than once.  With the tech-industry boom, San Francisco and Oakland have been in the spotlight a lot these days, but do people on a creative career have a place within this spotlight?

Through my research I have found that artist are this community here in the Bay Area, which is why I want to remind everyone about Oaklands First Fridays, starting up again on March 4th.  With their vision statement of “striv[ing] to be the premier Oakland First Fridays Event as the epicenter for the community to come together to celebrate, sustain & support the arts,”  this event has brought everyone together within the Oakland and the arts community.  This tradition started in 2006, with the Art Murmur events, which has now transformed in the this esteemed event for all to enjoy.

According to a report written by Victoria Swift, “Economics Impact of the Oakland First Fridays”, this event is supporting more than just the arts communities.  The influx of people coming in has had an amazing impact on the local businesses, some owners stating a 100 to 250 percent increase in profits on event nights.

We are in a great place for our art.  We just need to help support the community we are going to a part of because the horizon of graduation comes quicker than you expect.

With your free AC bus transit card, take the 1 route and walk a few blocks for the First Friday event starting this month.

Art Practice Lecturer Erik Scollon’s Latest Ceramic Show: and/both. 2/26/16 through 4/2/16

Romer Young Gallery is pleased to present its third solo exhibition with artist ERIK SCOLLON. and/both presents a new series of larger ceramic objects that suggest attitudes of engagement and embodied aesthetics. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Friday, February 26th, 6-9pm.

Conceptually the works are a continuation of his ideas about queerness and functional ceramics; materially they expand his indulgent love of glaze and color; but formally they mark a departure from his earlier representational forms. In A Moment Lasts Forever Until It’s Gone, Scollon presented a series of objects that were a physical manifestation of himself and his mid-life look at the body, hope, love, beauty, heartbreak and their insistent impermanence. (click for more)

Show runs February 26th through April 2nd.