From the Ruins: New Art Studio Construction Births Art Projects

New Art studio construction

School of Art's new studio constuction | Photo: Cody Edison

To address CalArts’ need for space, construction began last month on a new School of Art expansion project that will eventually accommodate 16 new art studios, a critique room and a paint classroom—all with 20-foot high ceilings.

This new rectangular space, designed by Behr Browers architects, is in close proximity to the Super Shop—a metals and materials fabrication center—and the Broad Studios (i.e., north of the Institute’s main building and facing McBean Parkway). The plan is to complete the work by Fall 2011.

In typical CalArts fashion, several art students have taken it upon themselves to make art from the ruins and the construction project.

  • Two photography students, Cody Edison (BFA 3) and Rafael Hernandez (BFA 4) have committed to documenting construction of the new Art Studios on a weekly basis, from groundbreaking to opening. We’ll showcase and share their works through our social media outlets. Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook to keep up with their photos and video. Edison’s first two weeks of photos have been posted in the gallery at the top of this post.

Bricks were created from the construction site by two CalArts BFA students.

  • Earlier this month, Jake Patterson and Asher Price, both BFA 3 students, created the ¢25 Bricks art installation and sale in the Institute’s Stevenson Blanche Gallery. They created bricks from the clay being dug out at the site and then sold the bricks for 25 cents each. In addition, they screened performance videos of themselves making the bricks.

Photos from the ¢25 Bricks installation:

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