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CALIFORNIA LOCOS “SOMOS LOCOS” AT MANHATTAN BEACH CREATIVE ARTS CENTER

Juice Magazine, March 26, 2017 - “SOMOS LOCOS” spread the love of art at the Manhattan Beach Art Center, March 18, 2017, with a presentation featuring new work by California Locos, five pioneering L.A. artists, Chaz Bojorquez, Dave Tourjé, Gary Wong, John Van Hamersveld and Norton Wisdom […]

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A California Locos Experience at the Manhattan Beach Art Center

Easy Reader News, March 16, 2017 - In a few minutes, an L.A.-based art collective will set up camp, drop "an art intelligence bomb," the likes of which we haven't seen here in the South Bay, and then they'll scatter, to regroup elsewhere. Such is California Locos, whose "Somos Locos" pop-up show […]

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Somos Locos - The Cali Locos Are At It Again!

Blogtown, March 14, 2017 - If you missed last Summer's party for the Cali Locos art opening thrown by Juice Magazine in Venice, well, you're bummed. The good news, however, is that there is another chance to celebrate this quintessential Southern California art collective's work […]

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Crazy Creative: The California Locos

KCET, March 14, 2017 - What makes a group of distinctly individual artists like Chaz Bojórquez, Dave Tourjé, John Van Hamersveld, Norton Wisdom and Gary Wong combine forces into a collective identity? The group affectionately called the California Locos is just that, and […]

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Somos Locos: Freedom Rock

The Huffington Post, March 13, 2017 - The countercultural art crew that later became known as the California Locos always stood for freedom, right from the beginning - from before they had a name and before they realized that they represented anything at all, except the need to make art […]

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“Somos Locos” Art, Music, and Skate Extravaganza Hits Manhattan Beach

Medium, March 1, 2017 - The California Locos’ work has contributed significantly to forming the Southern California skate, surf, street, and music subcultures, communicating them to the world. Their imagery represents an important aspect of art and culture, and this takes on new levels […]

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Dave Tourjé: Maverick Mindset at Work

Artillery, January 10, 2017 - The famous physicist Richard Feynman once said, "Men should study hard what interests them in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible." Dave Tourjé is the living example of this philosophy […]

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California Locos Collaboration

Concrete Wave, Holidays 2016 - A number of companies have done collaborations with artists. What is striking about the Dusters Logo Artist Collaboration is that it involved not just one but five artists. I had a chance to meet up with Nano Nobrega, creative director and co-founder of Dusters California […]

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WHEN TRACKS AND WAKES CROSS. | A QUIET LUNCH INTERVIEW WITH SO-CAL ARTIST MICHAEL TORQUATO DE NICOLA.

Quite Lunch, 2016 - There is so much going on all of the time, it’s exciting and inspiring. I’ve been having some good talks with Dave Tourjé, he’s a good dude. He get’s where I’m coming from and comes from a similar surf-skate-artist background. He’s such a good sounding board, an incredible artist with a solid history […]

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WORK OF ART ON WHEELS: DUSTERS CALIFORNIA X CALIFORNIA LOCOS

Render, September 22, 2016 - Every artist carefully chooses the best possible canvas to create their masterpiece. In this case, the canvas has four wheels and is made for cruising the streets. The Dusters California x California Locos collaboration is the artistic manifestation of the Golden State’s street culture. […]

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Catching Up with Dusters’ Creative Director Nano Nobrega

Transworld Business, August 29, 2016 - Transworld Business sat down with Nano Nobrega to discuss Dusters, where he finds his influence and inspiration, and what makes the Dusters California Locos collaboration so special. […]

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Surf and skateboard art pioneers coming to Virginia Beach for event

The Virginian Pilot, August 12, 2016 - The other reason they’re flying cross-country is to promote a newly released “California Locos” line of skateboards produced by Dusters California. The skateboard company has designed boards bearing artwork by each of the Locos. […]

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“California Locos” skate and surf art exhibition travels to Virginia Beach

Medium, August 8, 2016 - The compelling collaboration of these five groundbreaking fine artists produces an impactful impression of SoCal style rebellion, born of these artists having grown up in L.A. since the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. This supergroup’s iconic aesthetic embodies the subcultures […]

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California Locos - The Subculture of Art

Coachella Valley Weekly, August 3, 2016 - What happens if you take artists who identify with the subculture of the Southern California sun drenched lifestyle and bring them together to collaborate? Through alchemy or miracle you get California Locos […]

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Dusters California and California Locos celebrate their heritage and roots in graffiti, surf and skate

Transworld Business, July 01, 2016 - Dusters California and the California Locos stayed true to their identities with a product launch event in Venice Beach last Saturday night. With roots steeped in graffiti, surf, skate, punk rock and the contemporary art world […]

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Dusters Skateboards and California Locos Debut Collection at Venice Beach Art Show and Skate House Party

Yahoo Finance, June 28, 2016 - Those lucky enough celebrate the Dusters x California Locos skateboard collection launch in the Juice house had a chance to enjoy Salba's band play a set on the balcony overlooking the beach boardwalk before the night's grand finale […]

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Celebrating The California Locos - One For The Books!

Blogtown, June 27, 2016 - Saturday night was the opening of the California Locos art show, and it really was a party that will be remembered for years to come, as promised. You could feel the excitement in the air as people lined up on the boardwalk in from of […]

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California Locos: Legends' Art Hits Skate Decks

The Huffington Post, June 23, 2016 - Founded in the mid-1800s, the Arts and Crafts Movement was a radical departure from the Industrial Ages's mass production and stifling social restrictions. Standing for fine craftsmanship, advocating social and economic reforms and rebelling against […]

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CALIFORNIA LOCOS DECKS SPECIAL EDITION RELEASED BY DUSTERS

Shana Nys Dambrot, June 22, 2016 - What do fancy museum stores and old-school skate shops have in common? Usually not all that much. But with the imminent release of the new California Locos suite from the Dusters skateboard empire, that is about to change. […]

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Celebrating The California Locos - A Skate Surf Punk Bash For The Ages

Blogtown, June 21, 2016 - Today is Go Skateboarding Day, and where better to celebrate that than where it all started, right here in Southern California. Of Course, skateboarding is now much more than the sport, it's an entire aesthetic, from clothing styles to fine art, […]

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Save the Date: June 25, "California Locos" New Works, Skate Decks

Cartwheel Art, June 21, 2016 - The California Locos - Chaz Bojorquez, Dave Tourjé, John Van Hammersveld, Norton Wisdom, and Gary Wong- five pioneering Los Angeles artists whose roots are in graffiti, surf, skate and punk rock - bring their edgy, sun soaked styles to Venice, CA […]

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Dusters Teams Up With California Locos For Skateboard Line

Baller Status, June 21, 2016 - Dusters California recently announced a collaborative line of skateboards with the California Locos, five pioneering Los Angeles artist whose roots are steeped in graffiti, surf, skate, punk rock and the contemporary art world […]

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DUSTERS SKATEBOARDS X CALIFORNIA LOCOS

Render, June 20, 2016 - Dusters California announced its most recent line of skateboards in collaboration with the California Locos, five pioneering Los Angeles artists whose roots are steeped in graffiti, surf, skate, punk rock and the contemporary art world. […]

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CALIFORNIA LOCOS 2016: STREET/SURF/SKATE/ART SHOW IN VENICE BEACH

Juice Magazine, June 12, 2016 - The California Locos — represent 50 years of Los Angeles art, each having been influenced and inspired by the surf, skate, music and barrio culture, as well as formal art practice, that has combined and morphed in Los Angeles from the ’60s through today. […]

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CALIFORNIA LOCOS Revolution Pioneers

Staf Magazine, May 29, 2016 - Every revolution has a beginning, and the paths that lead to it are often indescribable. However, the origins of the alternative culture in California have been widely documented. They go back to the 50s, when the youngsters broke out of the conservative moral of their parents […]

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curly: the legacy of los angeles’ chouinard art institute

The Huffington Post, May 5, 2015 - Newly released documentary film Curly, executive produced by the Chouinard Foundation, produced and directed by Gianina Ferreyra and William Devin Walsh, looks at the Chouinard Art Institute and its place in Los Angeles history. Bookending the history of Chouinard is the story of Gustavo “Curly” Fernandez […]

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dave Tourjé unites renowned artists around message born in socal

Twisted Ink Magazine, May 28, 2012 - Los Angeles, CA – The short film about LA artist Dave Tourjé, entitled “LA Aboriginal”, has given birth to a new feature-length documentary now in production entitled “California Locos”. The feature will tell the story of the rich, eclectic heritage of SoCal, it’s dynamic subcultures of surf, skate, […]

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Dave Tourjé Featured in LA Aboriginal Film

USA Today, Jan 13, 2012 - Dave Tourjé has a lifetime of achievements as an artist, and is now featured in the LA Aboriginal film by Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett. Dave Tourjé’s artwork is a vivid, cross‐cultural hybrid referencing some of the now‐thriving urban scenes spawned from the Los Angeles of the 1970s where he was born and raised […]

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Chouinard, the Legendary Art School, Launches Virtual Library

L.A. Weekly, Jan 9, 2012 - Dave Tourjé recently helmed the archiving of works from Chouinard and just launched an interactive library dedicated to the school's history and artists. “It's one of the most important art schools in the world. That's not hyperbole, if you look at who attended and what they did," notes Tourjé […]

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Announcing the Chouinard Foundation Library

Student Film Makers On Campus News, Jan 5, 2012 - (Los Angeles, CA) In coordination with Pacific Standard Time, the Chouinard Foundation presents a massive, interactive online library covering the Chouinard Foundation's efforts over the last 12 years – dedicated to strengthening the legacy of the original Chouinard Art Institute […]

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Chouinard, the influential L.A. art college, is revisited online

Los Angeles Times, Jan 3, 2012 - Chouinard Art Institute has come to life for the third time in 90 years -- this time on the Web, where the high overhead costs that eventually sank the original, highly influential school in 1972 and blunted an attempted revival during the 2000s no longer […]

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Contemporary Art and Artists in Los Angeles - Beyond Pacific Standard Time

AOL Music, Nov 18, 2011 - "LA Aboriginal," featuring work by Los Angeles native Dave Tourjé and held June-September of 2011 at the Gregory Way Gallery in Beverly Hills, has given birth to a new feature-length documentary now in production entitled "California Locos." Production for California Locos began in late August […]

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Dave Tourjé / L.A. Aboriginal Gregory Way Gallery

Artslant New York, Sept 30, 2011 - In much the same vein as maverick assemblage artist George Herms, Dave Tourjé´ has compiled a compelling and witty new body of work on view at Gregory Way gallery in Beverly Hills. Working with a variety of objects, many of which fall into the category of human detritus, the leavings of an all-too […]

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LA Art Today: The Face of a Shiny Dusty City

The Huffington Post, Aug 12, 2011 - Art, like language, morphs words and tones to describe the world. It can be a reflective, interpretive, literal, and/or emotional. Important art passes the litmus test of time. It remains in the pop culture lingo to mark the space from whence it came. […]

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The Influence of the LA Streets on Art

The Huffington Post, July 22, 2011 - L.A. INFLUENTIAL — a lively panel discussion on the influence of Southern California’s subcultures, scenes, and scenery on contemporary art. Along with the discussion of L.A.’s varying subcultures, the panel will also address the significance of SoCal both in terms of its historical […]

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David Tourjé: La Aboriginal (Filmed Interview)

The Huffington Post, June 17, 2011 - Growing up, the tar-scented, humid summers, followed by the blue collar cold winters of Camden, NJ left me wanting for more. From my first memory, I longed to live in the world of Los Angeles I saw on TV. I was convinced, just like Veda Pierce […]

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Cultural Amalgam - the Inspired Art of Dave Tourjé

By Annie Wharton, Los Angeles 2011 - Picture this: It's 1978 and you're driving down York Boulevard in Highland Park, California. It's July, the desert-like heat is nearly 98 degrees, and Rodney on the 'Roq is introducing The Buzzcocks on the FM radio you just purchased new speakers for. You roll the windows […]

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Punk Rock Poeticism

A history behind the art of Dave Tourjé By Max Presneill, 2011 - In writing about the work of Dave Tourjé, it is difficult to separate the background story from the art. His history, ranging from his early years embedded in the nascent skateboarding scene of Los Angeles, through his involvement in Punk Rock and the underground music milieu […]

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Dave Tourjé, Hybrid of Influence

Mary Anna Pomonis, May 23rd, 2011 - One has only to look up at the non-native palm trees on Sunset Boulevard to realize the sheer force of will that seems to embody an Angeleno. Los Angeles is perhaps the Post-Modernism what Florence was to the Italian Renaissance, with its freeway of images and artificial Venice. L.A. is a celebration […]

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More than an activist: Murals, landscapes and a multimedia show reveal the many sides of Siqueiros

Los Angeles Times, September 12, 2010 - David Alfaro Siqueiros is a giant of art and political activism in Mexico, where he was born in 1896 and spent most of his 78 years. His encounter with Los Angeles was brief […]

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Pacific Standard Time At The Getty Center

Explore the Era, Jan 6, 2010 - Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts […]

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The Poster that changed Orange County

Orange County Rgister, Jan 3, 2009 - MORNING READ: John Van Hamersveld wasn't searching for an endless summer, but maybe he found it. Van Hamersveld created one of the most iconic movie posters of all time - The Endless Summer - at The Surf Gallery during the last day of his showing in Laguna Beach […]

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An Art House Revival

Los Angeles Times Home, May 3, 2007 - A would-be teardown in South Pasadena is inspiration for a modern-day salon framed by its eccentric past WHEN Dave Tourjé bought the decrepit 1907 farmhouse nearly 10 years ago, he didn't have a clue it would become South Pasadena Cultural Landmark No. 44. Rescuing the structure […]

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Chouinard School Shuttered Due to Lack of Money, Interest

ARTINFO, Jan 23, 2007 - LOS ANGELES, June 12, 2006 Barring a miracle, the Chouinard School of Art, which closed yesterday after spring classes ended, will remain closed, executive director Dave Tourjé said. The three year old school, a reincarnation of a famous long-vanished Los Angeles art college, closed down […]

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Mayor steps up in support of the arts

Los Angeles Times, Jan 21, 2007 - Mayor steps up in support of the arts. "THERE will always be naysayers, but the fact that we have a mayor with a stated purpose of support toward the arts is something that should be focused upon. The Chouinard School of Art was awarded the first public-private initiative" […]

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The Chouinard Foundation Announces the Beginning of the Chouinard Online Auction

Artdaily.org, Jan 6, 2007 - LOS ANGELES, CA.- In June 01 2007, the Chouinard School of Art was granted a prestigious partnership agreement with the LA City Department of Recreation and Parks and the Office of the Mayor in order to bring our renowned art education program to […]

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Chouinard to boost education in the arts

Los Angeles Times, Sept 8, 2006 - Three months after closing its art school in South Pasadena, citing insufficient funds and student interest, the Chouinard Foundation has formed a partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks to provide art education for the city’s […]

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Chouinard packing its easels for good

Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2006 - The school, a spiritual heir to the famed L.A. art college, struggled from its 2003 start to attract students and funds. After struggling three years to keep alive a modest reincarnation of Chouinard, a famous long-vanished L.A. art college, the artists and art patrons who established its spiritual heir […]

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Drawing from the past: Chouinard School of Art Reborn, Revamped

Los Angeles Weekly, Feb 23, 2006 - When artist Nelbert Murphy Chouinard founded the art school which bears her name in 1921 in an old house on 8th Street in downtown L.A., few would have predicted it would still be going strong – albeit with a three decade break – in 2006. Chouinard taught the basics […]

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Siqueiros mural rediscovered

Art in America, April, 2005 - During his six-month stay in the Los Angeles area in 1932, the eminent Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros created three large murals. The works featured elaborate figurative compositions with dramatic themes spotlighting Socialist causes. The murals were controversial […]

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Siqueiros revive en Los Ángeles

Proceso, Feb 20, 2005 - Una mañana veraniega del 2004 Dave Tourjé director de la nueva Chouinard School of Art del Sur de Pasadena sintió que un fragmento de la historia del arte mexicano revivía entre sus manos; cuando su curiosidad artística en pos de las huellas plásticas del mural de Siqueiros […]

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Siqueiros el mural censurado

Proceso, February 20, 2005 - Dave Tourjé sabe que censurar una obra de arte es una empresa vana, inútil, absurda Lo comprobó a mediados del año pasado este director de la nueva Chouinard School of Art […]

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They've barely scratched the surface

Los Angeles Times, Jan 9, 2005 - Under layers of paint and structural work, a 1932 mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros is found. Will it ever see the light of day? A stocky fellow with an open shirt baring his powerful chest stands on a makeshift podium, raising a fist and extending a hand as he appeals to his ragtag audience. […]

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Second Siqueiros mural found

LA Observed, January 9, 2005 - Suddenly Los Angeles is awash in lost murals by Mexi- can revolutionary artist David Alfaro Siqueiros. In 1932, the comrade of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo came to L.A. to teach a class at the Chouinard Art Institute […]

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Robert Perine, 81, author who revived art institute, dies

New York Times, Nov 15, 2004 - Robert Perine, a prolific jack-of-all-trades in the creative arts fields who helped found a revitalized version of the historic Chouinard Art Institute, died on Nov. 6, The Los Angeles Times reported. He was 81. A graduate of and instructor at Chouinard […]

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Chouinard school to host conversations with artists

Los Angeles Times, Nov 1, 2003 - The fledgling Chouinard Foundation School of Art in South Pasadena will launch a visiting artists series this weekend with appearances by Larry Bell and Ed Bereal. The program will be the first public event at the school, under construction in a historic […]

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C. Gregory Gummersall – Soul Abstractionist

by Dave Tourjé, May 2003 - Abstract Expressionism, probably the last century’s most continually dominant and influential art “ism”, arguably rammed down the throats of the art/thinking public by the art world rainmakers […]

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Defunct L.A. art school on a quest for resurrection

Los Angeles Times, March 07, 2003 - A group of artists is raising money in hopes of reviving Chouinard Art Institute, which closed its doors in 1972. "There's no point in starting another art school - unless it's educationally unique, it's run by practicing artists, it's based on student needs, it re-focuses[…]

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Chait Intro

By Robert Perine & Dave Tourjé, March 2003 - When Pratt Art School graduate Nelbert Chouinard moved to California in 1919, a great future awaited her. She began teaching art almost immediately and […]

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DRAWING AND THE ART SCHOOL

Gerald Nordland, Chicago 2003 - Drawing is unquestionably the oldest of the arts. Humans depicted their quarry long before fashioning the first mother-goddess figure or creating the first clay cup […]

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WARNING: ART AHEAD Whatever happened to the plain old pursuit of beauty?

New York Daily News, Dec 22 2002 - The artist had a great idea: He would put some suspicious packages in the subway to get people thinking about bombs, terrorism and maybe even deeper stuff, like a change in the balance of power. Cool! But this was not 11 days ago here in New York. This was 1994 […]

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The Evolution of a Modernist: Frederick Hammersley and the Hard Edge

The Chouinard Foundation Grand View, Winter 2002 - Hammersley was born January 5, 1919 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His father worked for the Department of the Interior and the family moved often. At one point, they resided at an Indian Reservation in Fort Hall, Idaho where he took up […]

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A New Chouinard in a Post-Modern World

The Chouinard Foundation Grand View, July 2002 - Art, both philosophically and practically, is a constantly evolving, rotation dynamic - at its best a primary reflection of and evolving culture […]

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Gary Wong Truth in the Process

The Chouinard Foundation Grand View, January 2002 - Much can be said for the artist truly committed to the art-making process; who steadfastly adheres to important principles concerning his art and remains aloof to the maelstrom of hype and commerce generally surrounding this occupation known as “artist.” This is a path that undoubtedly more […]

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TRUE TO A SIGNIFICANT SCHOOL

Los Angeles Times, July 1, 2001 - Chouinard Art Institute closed its doors 29 years ago, but it refuses to die. Even if the building on Grand View Street, just west of downtown Los Angeles, is now the home of the Korean American New Times Church and the school has long since evolved into CalArts, way out in Valencia, fond memories […]

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L.A. TIMES LETTERS: Regarding True to a Significant School article

Los Angeles Times Letters, July 8, 2001 - The existing relationship between Chouinard and CalArts is clearly a complex one. Since buying Nelbert Chouinard's home and co-founding the Chouinard Foundation with Robert Perine, I see that the passion this discussion inspires has at its roots the loss of an important art-education system, one that […]

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Remembering Chouinard

American Artist - August 1, 2001 - The house in South Pasadena, California, that Dave Tourjé purchased in 1998 turned out to be much more than the fixer-upper he anticipated. […]

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Chouinard: Past and Future A Post-Punk Perspective

The Chouinard Foundation Grand View, April 2001 - I still chuckle when I think about what a history buff I’ve become in the last couple of years. Guess I can thank Perine for that. See, I come from a generation that seemed to be cut loose from any logical stream […]

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Contemporary Intent

Art & Antiques, December 2000 - Like the concrete structure erected by the pool (with Divid Tourjé site-specific concrete and metal chairs) […]

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The Chouinard House

by Dave Tourjé - The Chouinard house was built in the 1907 in South Pasadena by Nelbert Murphy Chouinard's father, Dr. Lea M Murphy. Nelbert moved west shortly thereafter […]

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Dream Kitchen

Riverside Art Museum - In making selections for the current exhibition of skateboards and Fender guitars, I was introduced to the inspired work of Dave Tourjé. […]

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Interview with Dave Tourjé

By Mary Anna Pomonis - As a musician that makes paintings, how do you deal with the personality shifting involved in these two opposite practices (art and music)? […]

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Chouinard Revisited

by Peter Clothier - It’s a good time to celebrate Chouinard, while its influence is still vibrant in our collective life as an art community in Southern California. This exhibition honors the singular vision and dedication of the determined woman whose […]

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Chouinard: a Living Legacy

As early as the 1920s, the Chouinard Art School was building this attitude. By World War II, its founder Nelbert Chouinard had become a permanent fixture in L.A. Then, after fifty-one years of nourishing superior artists […]

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Chouinard: a Living Legacy, THE EARLY YEARS (1921-1945)

By Robert Perine - Once, long ago, even before she left New York’s Pratt Institute, Nelbert Murphy had a series of vivid dreams. In these dreams she was keeper of a large barn crammed with students struggling […]

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Chouinard: a Living Legacy, THE MIDDLE YEARS (1946-1960)

By James Aitchison - The influence Chouinard had on the Los Angeles art community has been addressed by others much more quali ed than I. What I bring to this arena is neither scholarly nor groundbreaking […]

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Chouinard: a Living Legacy, THE LAST YEARS (1960-1972)

By Nobuyuki Hadeishi - The only record of the last day at Chouinard – the commencement ceremony of 1972 – was made by photography instructor Gary Krueger. One of his photos shows the faculty, friends, relative, and graduates seated in the patio. […]

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Dave Tourjé, "LA Aboriginal"

Fuse TV - Dave Tourjé has a lifetime of achievements as an artist, and is now featured in the LA Aboriginal film by Daniel Lir and Bayou Bennett. […]

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Dave Tourjé: LA Aboriginal

Artweek.LA - Raised in North East L.A./Highland Park in the 70s, back when The Avenues gangs ruled the turf, Tourjé spent his youth immersed in the then‐ burgeoning subcultures that have become […]

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Chouinard/Cal Arts

By Dave Tourjé - The Chouinard Art Institute closed it's doors near downtown L.A. in 1972 under what many considered to be controversial circumstances. Walt Disney's promise to keep the school alive morphed into the awkward realities […]

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