From idea to process to completion: the latest exhibition in the storefront window of the Meyer Library, curated by Hannah Novillo Erickson, a graduate student in the Curatorial Practice program and the library’s new Assistant Curator for 2015/2016, follows the work of a team of six students at California College of the Arts as they created a new mural on the Martinez Hall mural wall this summer, which addresses the arts and cultural diversity at CCA. A section of the pounce pattern and other materials and inspirations used in the creation of the 2015 mural are on view, while just inside the library various pieces from CCA’s archive encourage viewers to explore the rich history of the Martinez Experimental Wall.
CCAC’s first mural was created in 1971 and for the past 44 years a changing array of visions have graced the Martinez Hall mural wall. Inside the library items from the CCA/C archives, curated by Jennine Scarboro, tell the story of the history of the mural at CCA/C, highlighting not just the murals …
Shaghayegh Cyrous, a visual artist from Tehran, Iran initiated the Lost Art Project upon moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012. Feeling lost after moving halfway across the globe, she began the project as a way to build connections and allow others to reflect on their own identity by engaging with the persian rug, a symbol of her own identity. Cyrous grew up knowing the importance of the persian rug to her community- a symbol of beauty and art, a useful object in the home, and an heirloom passed down for generations, she felt her connection to the rug grow more important to her practice. After 3 years, the Lost Art Project has now generated over 5,000 images and travelled to over 20 countries and territories including Tunisia, Palestine, Norway, and Indonesia.
For this exhibition Shaghayegh Cyrous painted a phone booth located just outside the California College of the Arts Meyer Library, encasing it in patterns and symbols she has often painted on her rugs. In the storefront display case, a rug frame…
Weatherlore is a process of divination and exchange between human culture and environment, through which we attempt to predict the weather, and to decipher meaning from it in turn. Abstraction is another means of reciprocal exchange through which signs, symbols and materials conjure meaning and metaphor. My work captures the sightlines, spatial relationships, and color conjunctions where the land meets the sea. Through paper, cotton, and paint, I translate experiences of atmosphere and seascape into their most essential, distilled expression, creating formal objects that are embedded with fragments and traces of memory, as if sunwashed by time.
On July 25th, 1912 United States world chess champion (1909 – 1936), Frank James Marshall, sacrificed his Queen (Q to G3), beating out opponent, Stefan Levitsky, in what is considered one of the most brilliant twists of game fate in recorded chess history. This move, now canonized in chess terminology as a “swindle,” is the achievement of a win or a draw from a distinctly losing position.
Shotgun Shells and Pinecones presented at the Meyer Oakland Library brings together the aesthetics of chance and gender. Curated vitrines offer a selection of books, photographs, and texts from the library archive in addition to found artifacts, images, and books from a family archive. Presented in conjunction with Angela Berry’s CCA MFA Thesis exhibition on view at the Perry Family Gallery until April 2nd, Shotgun Shells and Pinecones, is a playful counter-point to Berry’s thesis body of work Rough Weather Makes Good Timber, which looks at different processes of resilience in the ancient forest habitat of the Blue Ridge M…
The Woodworking Shop (Studio 5 / Facilities Building) showing the side of the building which faces Shaklee in 2018, a clapboard faced "Crafts Building/B Building", and Clifton Street at the end of the dirt road..
The Woodworking Shop (Studio 5 / Facilities Building) with men at work leveling the ground in preparation for building Crafts/B Building, looking toward Clifton Street. Frederick Meyer at lower left.
View of the Woodworking Shop (Studio 5 / Facilities Building) soon after its completion, taken from where B Building stands in 2018, looking toward Clifton Street
View of the Woodworking Shop (Studio 5 / Facilities Building) during its construction, by Frederick Meyer and students, taken from where B Building stands in 2018, looking toward Clifton Street
Back view of Founders Hall in June 1968, soon after completion
Model of the CCAC campus