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CalArts Show “Could Be Anything” But Really It’s Just More of the Drop Dead Gorgeous Same

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There’s a very endearing quality about the designers at CalArts. At their end of the year show, a place you’d think would be ground zero for getting a job, most didn’t seem to care much about working the room, dressing to impress, or even bothering to shower. This is still very much an art school, and even if they’re not actually starving artists, these students certainly love to play the role. Even the faculty takes pride in this. “Have you ever been here during the day?” Lorraine Wild asked us by way of explaining the school’s unique culture, while a guy dressed like Captain Morgan strolled into the gallery.

The title of the show–”It Could Be Anything“–was tinged with more than a hint of irony; when it comes to CalArts the work mostly all looks the same. This is not necessarily a bad thing. The excellence of the highly personal, hyper local and deliciously experimental stuff strung across two rooms can’t be denied; an exhibition that just opened in LA is made up exclusively of posters created by students during the past 20 years. Here, too, the posters were the stars, especially the impressive hand-silkscreened ones curling away from one wall.

But besides the posters, some books and a motion show, the most “real world” work up was a panel of (beautiful) corporate identity redesigns. There was no packaging, no branding, no products to be seen–stuff we’d really like to see some of those custom typefaces wrapped around. In fact, we only saw a handful of projects that produced anything besides the standard book or poster. Can’t magic be made with something besides paper or Flash?

Or maybe it doesn’t matter. The crowds were just starting to swell around 10pm, the time when normal folks out on a worknight head to bed. A puzzled parent turned to a student shuffling in the corner. “When does this thing end?” he asked. “This?” The student looked up. “Oh, it’s open all night long.” Of course. This is art school. Real world rules do not apply.

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Being Design Observed

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We would love to write something, anything about Hugh Dubberly‘s presentation about service-craft taking place right now at the Schools of Thoughts conference.

But Design Observer founders William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand and Lorraine Wild are all right behind us–right behind us–and we’re suffering from a massive case of blogophobia. More when we’re not crippled by our own insecurities.

Meeting the Teachers

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After Peter Turchi‘s mind-mapping adventure, we followed the Schools of Thoughts luminaries to the speakers’ dinner. We found the unofficial design writers’ table where we enjoyed a seemingly endless stream of steaming Thai dishes and hot sake…also, fortunately, endless.

We were joined by mainstage speaker Allan Chochinov finally told us the story behind Core77‘s name, moderating duo Alice Twemlow and David Womack, conference organizer Louise Sandhaus (who confirmed, yes, her studio is named LSD) and Lorraine Wild, who’ll have to split for a bit Sunday to fulfill her Sister Corita duties.

New to UnBeige, although we’ve talked about her before, is Susan Yelavich, who we met for the first time at the perpetual feast. Her absolutely delightful article about the decorative implications of the paperweight can currently be found on the back page of I.D. Oh yeah, and she’s also a “South Park” fan.

Sister Corita’s Spirit Rocks On

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Last night we were blessed to be invited to the book release party for Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita at the Hammer Museum near UCLA. You remember we’ve sung Sister Corita‘s praises here before, and it was pretty inspiring to mill among the true believers–everyone was in a good mood. Photographer Joshua White described hanging out at the Immaculate Heart studio while shooting all the images for the book, and hobnobbed with Volume’s Eric Heiman, who’s in town working on the catalogue for an upcoming John Lautner show at the Hammer. We also met author Julie Ault, who we asked to sign our book with her favorite Sister Corita quote. “Okay, but it’s ‘wet and wild,’” she warned us, echoing one of Corita’s most famous serigraphs. We thought that was pretty appropriate for our splashy, soulful Sister.

Appropriately, there will also be a Sunday service to celebrate Corita: On March 11th, there’s a screening of a Sister Corita documentary, followed by a panel discussion with Julie Ault, Samuel Eisenstein, Baylis Glascok, Helen Kelly, and Lorraine Wild at the AFI’s Goodman Theater from 1 to 4pm. RSVP to Sasha Carrera at sashaihc(AT)pacbell.net.

Lorraine Wild Gives It Up For Her Soul Sister

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You know that people are always sending us UnBeige editors stuff, right? Mountains of stuff, cascading out of our mailboxes, pouring onto our desks like stuff fountains. Well, something funny happened three months ago. This gorgeous pink-red-orange book slid from between the stuff, filled with the fluorescent adventures of Sister Corita Kent, the legendary designer, artist and nun. Come Alive! it ordered us, and we did, flipping through the pages at lightning-speed, each exuberant, pop-py serigraph better than the next.

Then imagine our utter and unbridled delight in discovering that Sister Corita created all that goodness at the Immaculate Heart, which is (for this Hollywood writer, at least) right around the corner. Fellow LAite Lorraine Wild covers our local hero, in light of Wild’s own Catholic upbringing, no less, in her piece “Sister Corita: The Juiciest Tomato.”

Want more Corita? Immaculate Heart has an online resource and gallery you can visit, Harvard’s Fogg Museum has some of her pieces in a show, LA gallery Lost & Found has a show up (we went just before the holidays, it’s awesome), Mark Kingsley wrote about her on Speak Up, and, of course, there’s that glorious book, which will be available soon…and is most certainly not your everyday stuff. Update: The new ANP Quarterly also has a great story.