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School of Film/Video graduate helms 'Pusher'

October 25, 2012
Los Angeles Times

Luis Prieto captures slice of drug scene in ‘Pusher’ remake

In director Luis Prieto’s experience, when you set out to shoot a druggy crime drama in London’s legendarily cocaine-fueled nightclub world, odds are you’re going to find yourself surrounded by more than a few people sniffing actual Bolivian marching powder — not just lines of prop coke for the camera’s sake.  Read story

Visiting faculty James Franco cites his class in update of recent activities

October 24, 2012
Huffington Post

The Search for the Real -- October

Dear R _______,

I am on a plane in L.A. about to take off for Jackson, Mississippi via Atlanta. I have been going back and forth between Jackson and L.A. on my days off for four weeks now in order to teach. I am teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in film, creative writing and
performance.  Read story

School of Film graduate Elizabeth Mims discusses collaboration with alumnus Jason Tippet

October 24, 2012

AFF 2012 Interview: Elizabeth Mims, 'Only the Young'

Stopping at Austin Film Festival on a festival circuit, Only the Young is a look at a relationship between three evangelical teens in suburban Southern California: two skaters who are best pals and their female friend (sometime girlfriend of one of the guys). Austinite Elizabeth Mims is one of the directors of this documentary, and answered a few questions I had before watching the film.  Read interview

CalArts students join Faust at REDCAT

October 22, 2012
Los Angeles Times

Review: Faust puts the art of noise to the test at REDCAT

The German 'krautrock' band transfixes a rapt audience with its art-damaged (literally) experimental grooves and an abundance of free-spirited, Dada-inspired non sequiturs.

From left: Geraldine Swayne, Amaury Cambuzat, and Zappi Diemaier of German group Faust, who performed two shows at REDCAT on Friday, Oct. 19. (Steven Gunther / October 19, 2012)

The sacrificial piano sat stage right during German band Faust's concert at REDCAT. It was a church basement clunker, a blond-wooded upright with broken-tooth keys and a chipped veneer.  Read story

CalArts' Center for Life and Work receives grant from Hearst Foundation

October 20, 2012

Hearst Foundations award $1.7 million

Twenty California nonprofits ranging from music and art organizations to programs helping youths have received $1.7 million in grants from the Hearst Foundations.  Read story

CalArts' Center for Integrated Media creates sound project on hiking trail

October 20, 2012
Los Angeles Times

Sound project on trail seeks to re-imagine the landscape

The artwork called Stroll uses audio devices erected along Santa Clarita's South Fork Trail to emit an eclectic mix of field recordings, electronic sounds, the spoken word and performed music.

Users of a peaceful and popular Santa Clarita trail will soon be exposed to a "sonic intervention" as a new project designed to encourage passersby to linger and listen gets underway.  Read story

Michael Asher, Titan of Conceptual Art and Teacher, Dies at 69

October 17, 2012
The New York Times

Michael Asher, a dean of the Conceptual Art movement, whose cerebral but playful work specialized in dismantling — often literally — the institutions that show art and that shape the way people think about it, died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 69.  Read story

London gallery launches solo exhibition for Design Program alumnus

October 16, 2012

Don’t Miss: Geoff McFetridge – 'Around Us & Between Us,' Solo exhibition – Ivory & Black Soho

None of my ideas seem to come from dreams. More often they seem to come from when I am most awake. – Geoff McFetridge

Ivory & Black Soho proudly presents “Around Us & Between Us,” the first solo exhibition in London since 2005 by the Los Angeles based artist Geoff McFetridge – A multidisciplinary artist without creative boundaries who’s life work ranges from poetry to installation, painting to graphic design and many other practices in between. For his “Around Us & Between Us” exhibition, Geoff has created a series of 10 new acrylic paintings on canvas on his distinctive and reductive style, giving each different subject the same treatment and refinery. In the artist’s own words:  Read story

Former student recalls studying with Michael Asher

October 16, 2012

Michael Asher: Reconsidering the Object of Art (1943-2012)

I just learned this morning that my mentor, friend, and artist Michael Asher passed away last night. It’s odd, as just last night I was reviewing Mike Kelley’s “Educational Complex Onwards” catalogue and thinking about the impact CalArts has had in my own practice. That’s for another day.  Read story

Michael Asher, 1943-2012

October 16, 2012
Art in America

Los Angeles conceptual artist and CalArts instructor Michael Asher died Sunday at age 69 after a long illness, reported the L.A. Times.

"Few artists have had a larger role than Michael Asher in establishing Conceptual art within both art schools and museums," Kirsten Swenson wrote in Art in America in a May 2008 article ("If Walls Could Speak") about Asher's installation at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, for which he re-created the architectural framework for every temporary exhibition wall built there.  Read story

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