May 7th, 2012 § § permalink
Last Thursday Cypress College Art Gallery opened its door to present the work of the students in the Fine Art department. I have been on hiatus from work over the last few weeks and haven’t had the chance to see our faculty nor our students. It was a nice way to reconnect with everyone again.
I was incredibly impressed by all of the work in the show. The work came from all disciplines: Ceremics, sculptures, printmaking, illustration, painting, photography, video, and computer graphics. We have a burgeoning scene going on in the department right now. I love the people who teach there. They are all accomplished artists and historians in their own right.
Over the past year, the students had had the chance to work with the artist Kiel Johnson, whom I, along with Paul Paiement, included in the show Intersections four years ago in this very same space when he was our gallery director. I remember fondly that Kiel had done a painting specifically for the show that we both curated. In fact, the painting is featured in the video that I have included below.
Kiel was brought in by our faculty, co-gallery directors Devon Tsuno and Ed Giardina, to collaborate with our students. Our department was buzzing for those couple of weeks when Kiel was on campus.
Kiel worked with our students to create a short film, which was screened in our theatre after the opening. It was nice to see the finished film shown to our community. I know that it was something that the students have been looking forward to experiencing. The students worked very hard to produce the film. I was happy to hear that it will now make its rounds in the film festival circuit.
I really have to give it to our current director Sarah Jaffray for putting together a really nice show. I have had many experiences of putting together shows, and I can say that they are quite arduous undertakings. Kudos to all involved.
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July 7th, 2011 § § permalink
My friends Susie and Juan own a frame shop and gallery in Pomona called Bunny Gunner. A couple times a year they do group shows, one of which is always themed. I don’t do much personal work outside of Finishing School, but when they ask, I always put something in.
The show that is coming up this Saturday is called Laugh Out Loud. It focuses on the lighter side of art. I normally do fun work for their shows so this time I thought, “What would be more fun than images of LOLCats?” I wouldn’t say mine are exactly LOLCats, but they sure are nice cats. I ended up shooting my friend Patricia‘s cats for this show. Logan was probably the best model. Although I also like how Audrey turned out.
Funnily enough, there’s a cat connection with Finishing School. Sometimes you have to give the public what they want.
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June 19th, 2011 § § permalink
Patricia and I went down to Laguna Beach this afternoon to meet up with Mark Chamberlain of BC Space. We worked on the video portion of Phase XVIII of the Laguna Canyon Project. The video is currently up, along with the original piece from the project, on the second floor of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Laguna Beach.
We had lunch with Mark and caught up on things that he has been planning since we last spoke with him. One of the things we talked about was the annual Summer Solstice event that BC Space normally put together. This year Mark has lined up John Gardiner and Carrie Pohlhammer to do a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, along with the musical talent of Mark Turnbull. Mark had also promised me that he will make a very special Soulstice Soup for all to partake.
The event will take place on Thursday, June 23, MMXI, from 6-10 PM PDT by the Gregorian Calendar. John and Carrie’s rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will begin promptly at 7:37PM.
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