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Chris Thorson in Group Exhibition at SFSU


Chris Thorson is showing new and recent work in Copycat a group exhibition at San Francisco State University that opens on September 21, 2019 and runs through Thursday, October 31, 2019. The exhibition also features former visiting artist lecturers Enrique Chagoya and Nina Katchadourian among other great artists!

"Copycat explores what it means to value an original in the age of technical reproducibility and hypothesizes how original artworks themselves can be preserved through reproductions and replicas. Art in the modern era emphasizes originality, truth, and identity. Artists continue to serve as essential components to the ever-evolving conversation around these matters. Although artists’ voices and works are highly celebrated for their creativity and uniqueness, they exist precariously in a culture that increasingly normalizes appropriation, knock-offs, and forgeries, especially on the internet and social media. Tackling broader intellectual property issues including appropriation, infringement, derivative works, fair use, parody, and satire, Copycat raises questions of authorship, interrogates notions of integrity, and reflects upon shifting cultural and technological norms."

Featuring: Libby Black, Enrique Chagoya, Kota Ezawa, Nina Katchadourian, Scott Kildall, Scott Kildall & Bryan Cera, Michael Mandiberg, Sean Peeler, Stephanie Syjuco, Charlene Tan, Chris Thorson, and Daren Wilson. With work from students in SF State's Spring 2019 Language of Observational Painting classes taught by Libby Black and Pablo Cristi. Curated by Kevin B. Chen.

Chris Thorson is Oxbow's Dean of Arts Practice and Painting faculty. christhorsonstudio.com

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Oxbow faculty share their Arctic Circle Residency experience


In June, armed with many layers, we embarked on their The Arctic Circle Residency for artists, scientists, and educators. We sought this experience to explore ways of further integrating expedition based residencies into the Oxbow curriculum. For two weeks, we sailed on the tall ship Antigua along the mountainous west coast of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Our ship manifest consisted of 30 artists/participants, 4 guides, and 9 ship crew members. The participants represented a globe spanning community of thinkers and makers interested in testing out ideas related to responding to climate change. The Arctic Ocean provided a profoundly dramatic setting to research together, network, tell stories and reflect as we sailed the glacial bays and hiked through thawing permafrost and snow.

We collaborated with the guides and crew so that our journey was shaped by the interests of those on board. We encountered various stunning coastal ecosystems and explored the worlds of arctic ice. Many early Arctic settlements, along with artifacts from whaling and mining lie perfectly preserved by the frozen desert setting, and we one day learned to differentiate potential firewood from “cultural heritage” (the ratio was pretty skewed, as it turns out there is a lot of “cultural heritage” strewn about). Despite planning and scouting, we were often drawn into adventures by polar bears, minke and beluga whales, calving glaciers, or particularly excellent sailing conditions which directed us day by day to new bays and through dramatic sounds with mirror-like water. We experienced vast differences in the landscape, from muddy glacial lagoons and cracking permafrost, to glacial moraines and pack ice which locked the ship in place for several hours.

Though the entire trip, the crew and guides maintained absolute order and taught us how to responsibly experience the place by placing our respect for it before our curiosity. Distance is key when it comes to calving glaciers (which cause massive waves), and wildlife (walruses are gigantic, and also snore).

Being in this space at this moment in time, when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, was sobering and surreal in many ways. Unpacking the experience has been a slow but rich process and we’re excited to share future developments with everyone.

Alex Keilty, Director of Residential Life and Environmental Science
Megan Broughton
, Academic Dean and Printmaking (cargocollective.com/meganbroughton)

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Chris Thorson


Rock, 2015, pigmented hydrocal

Chris Thorson's painted sculptures are currently included in two exhibitions: Feast & Famine a group exhibition that explores food as a social, political, and bodily phenomenon. The exhibition is on view through December 2019 at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University Extension, Newark, NJ. She is also included in Ordinary, an exhibition highlighting the ordinary through subject matter and use of materials. The antithesis of the spectacular, familiar objects bring art down to human scale and into the intimacy of daily life. The exhibition is on view through April 19 at 1337 Gallery, Artworks Downtown in San Rafael, CA.

Chris is Oxbow's Dean of Arts Practice and Painting faculty.

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Chris Thorson


Chris Thorson and Maria Forde's two person exhibition entitled "Strange Reprise" was at the new visual arts exhibition space state in the Mission District of San Francisco. 

"Strange Reprise examines the artistic production of two artists who engage with the history of popular culture and its potential to shape personal and cultural identities. Forde will present her new series, Western Drawings, and Chris Thorson will be showing new work from her Tabula Rasa and Internal Monologue series." Read full press release

Chris Thorson is Oxbow School's Painting faculty.

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Holly McVeigh - Back from Patagonia


Holly McVeigh, Oxbow's Admissions Director made it back after a 10 day trip to Patagonia, Argentina.

She took a 5 night pack trip on horseback, cooked meals over an open campfire, participated in group writing exercises, and went swimming in an Alpine Lake on her horse!

The Women's Horse Pack trip was led by Oxbow alum Lulu Watts OS4!

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MorningWorks Handcrafted Furniture


Sean Wood's MorningWorks launches later this Spring, a family affair that will feature handmade modern furniture. They donated their first chair to an auction to support the SunRidge School in Sebastopol, CA.

"The frame is White Oak, the seat is hand woven Danish paper cord, and the back is wool felt by Knoll. The wood has a history: we upcycled scrap from a local door maker and shaped and joined it into the shapes you see here - over 80 pieces all told." - visit the SunRidge auction website for more details Sean was Oxbow's former Business Manager and co-taught co-curriculars in biking and kayaking.

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Bonnie Levinson - Selections 2016 Juried Exhibition


Bonnie Levinson was selected for the Selections 2016 Juried Exhibition at The Midway Creative Complex in San Francisco along with 15 other artists. The exhibition organized by ARTSPAN opened January 30 and runs through February 28, 2016.

Levinson is a playwright, theatrical producer, photographer and arts administrator. She served as Oxbow Trustee from 2001-2007 and is currently on the Board of the San Francisco Art Institute and The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College.


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Nathalie Miebach at Cambridge Innovation Center


Nathalie Miebach will be at the Cambridge Innovation Center for a Catalyst Conversation with Ari Daniel on December 10th from 6-7pm. There is a reception to follow.

Subjective Data: Nathalie Miebach and Ari Daniel
"Sculpturer Nathalie Miebach and science reporter Ari Daniel join together to explore how data informs us and in particular how they each unravel data in their respective projects. As artist and journalist they are both compelled by receiving and responding to information, and to giving it shape and meaning."

Miebach was an Oxbow Artist-in-Residence/Lecturer in Spring 2014 (OS30) and Lecturer in Spring 2013 (OS28).  nathaliemiebach.com

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NOURISH Group Show at Napa Valley Museum


Milk Men, 2015 by Deborah Oropallo

Oxbow Painting teacher Chris Thorson joins other artists including former Oxbow visiting artist Deborah Oropallo (OS1 and OS25 lecturer) and OS33 artist-in-residence Lucy Puls (OS9 lecturer) in a group exhibition NOURISH at the Napa Valley Museum. The exhibition opened September 19th and runs through November 29, 2015.

"Napa Valley Museum, in collaboration with guest curator and artist, Nancy Willis, is thrilled to present NOURISH, a multi-faceted exhibition that examines the intersection of dining, hospitality and art from Napa Valley to the global community. This will be a unique chance to think about the way we relate to food and dining through the lens of art history and visual culture." - Napa Valley Museum

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