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Graphic Design Program graduate highlighted in article 'Admiring Geoff McFetridge'

October 6, 2012

Geoff McFetridge is an artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the Graduate Design Program at the California Institute of the Arts. Known for his reductive graphic style, Geoff began to show his work in galleries in 1998 at George’s Gallery. His first large scale show was in Japan at Parco Gallery Tokyo. He was part of the Beautiful Losers Exhibition which toured the world, and has made solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Paris, London, Seattle, Milan and the Netherlands. Read story

Battle Bears: alumnus created mobile game scores full television season

October 5, 2012

Battle Bears Take the Fight to TV Animation

With five bear-based shooters for Android and iOS devices under their fuzzy little belts and another on the way, SkyVu Entertainment teams up with the makers of Yo Gabba Gabba! to transform Battle Bears into the next big TV animation franchise for boys.  Read story

Interview with School of Art alumna Alex Olson

October 5, 2012
Walker Art Center

Remarks on Surface: An Interview with Alex Olson

In this series of online studio visits, the 15 artists in the upcoming Walker-organized exhibition Painter Painter respond to an open-ended query about their practices. Here Los Angeles–based artist Alex Olson converses with exhibition co-curator Eric Crosby.  Read interview

Frankenweenie article cites CalArts' influence on Tim Burton and alumni directors Henry Selick, Brad Bird and John Lasseter.

October 4, 2012
Animation Magazine

Dawn of the Dead Pets

Director Tim Burton pays homages to his favorite monster movies and his childhood pet in the charming stop-motion gem FrankenweenieRead story

CalArts students discuss alumni director Tim Burton on NPR

October 4, 2012

From Tim Burton, Another Signature Lovable Loner

Tim Burton is known for making quirky films, including Batman, Beetlejuice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sweeney Todd, Mars Attacks, and the blockbuster Alice in Wonderland. His latest movie is an animated adaptation of the classic Frankenstein story — only this time, it's a little boy who brings his dog, Sparky, back to life.  Listen to and read the story

Interview with faculty member Maggie Nelson on the limitations of shock in art

October 2, 2012
The New York Times

Maggie Nelson on the Limitations of Shock

Over the past two weeks in this space, readers, critics and artists have been asking whether art can still shock. But what’s so great about shock, anyway? In her book “The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning,” published last year to wide acclaim, the critic Maggie Nelson examined the “shock and awe” doctrine that has governed so much of the last century’s art, arguing that it has too often let artists off the hook for the less than edifying reactions their work may provoke.  Read story (scroll down to Oct. 2)

David Alfaro Siqueiros LA mural restored—another Siqueiros mural at former site of Chouinard Art Institute remains unrestored

September 29, 2012
Los Angeles Times

David Alfaro Siqueiros' 'America Tropical' awaits new unveiling

The controversial, whitewashed mural, painted in downtown L.A. in 1932, will soon be back in the public eye.

"America Tropical" must be Los Angeles' most famous invisible artwork.

Born in drama and buried in anger, Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros' monumental mural on Olvera Street has been a cause célèbre for decades. Siqueiros was commissioned to paint the 18-by-80-foot fresco in 1932 as a decoration for a rooftop beer garden, but it disappeared behind whitewash amid a controversy over its central image: a Mexican Indian lashed to a double cross with an American eagle proudly perched above him, wings spread.  Read story

CalArts' President Steven D. Lavine advocates keeping film and television production in California

September 28, 2012
Capitol Weekly

Bringing the movies back to California

When tourists visit Los Angeles, they often flock to have their photo taken with the iconic Hollywood sign in the Hollywood Hills, visit Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and hope to run into a genuine movie star as they sightsee in the City of Angels.

The little known secret these days is that the Hollywood sign looks down upon a landscape that is no longer dominated by film and television production facilities and on-location shooting.  You may have just as much luck running into a movie star in Toronto as you would in Los Feliz.  Technological advancements—combined with aggressive government programs designed to lure away production and post-production jobs away from our state—mean that filming now happens all over the United States and the world, costing California millions in jobs and tax revenue.  Read story

Frankenweenie iBook cites how Tim Burton first visualized film at CalArts

September 27, 2012
Rama's Screen

Disney Publishing Worldwide Lets Fans Go Behind-the-Scenes of Tim Burton's New Animated Film Unveiling 'Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book'

Features Exclusive Art, Video, and Music into Disney’s First Book to Leverage Apple’s iBooks Author

Glendale, CA, September 27, 2012 – Disney Publishing Worldwide announced the release of Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book http://iTunes.com/Frankenweenie, based on Walt Disney Studios’ highly anticipated stop-motion animated film directed by Tim Burton, “Frankenweenie,” in theaters October 5, 2012. Capturing the creative process from concept to completion, the interactive book integrates videos, vibrant music, and original sketches to offer readers a fully immersive behind-the-scenes look into the making of the movie. Available on the iBookstore, this book is Disney Publishing’s first to be created with Apple’s iBooks Author.  Read story

Animated Films and Live Performance by faculty member Laura Heit at REDCAT

September 26, 2012
Animation World Network

Film at REDCAT Presents Invisibilities

Invisibilities: Animated Films and Live Performance by Laura Heit

Mon Oct 15 | 8:30 pm

Using numerous animation techniques, puppetry and live-action video, Laura Heit's exquisitely crafted, subversively witty work makes visible hidden corners of the human psyche, where monsters, wolves and imaginary creatures tread. Look for Me (2005) employs 2D computer animation with monoprints, while The Deep Dark (2011) combines cutout stop-motion animation, live-action video and drawing to evoke elemental fears. The Amazing, Mysterious, and True Story of Mary Anning and Her Monsters (2003) calls on toy-theater puppetry and drawn animation to tell a fanciful tale. Collapse (2002), a reflection on a tragic moment, is a 2D computer animation with pastel drawings, and the allegorical Parachute (1997) a hand-painted and animated multiplane cutout. Heit's program concludes with a new version of the critically acclaimed Matchbox Shows in which she performs tiny puppet vignettes inside matchboxes.  Read story

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