By Sarah Vernallis
My mother grew up in the San Fernando valley and remembers being taken to see exhibitions of work by Sister Corita Kent and her students. I remember being taken by my parents to see a documentary about her political art and radical teaching. It was a pleasure, then, to have one of Kent’s prints up in my home for a year, trying to decipher its poetic lines and staring at her penciled signature.
The GALC prints that I checked out this year helped provide a burst of color on the walls. They were always a talking point whenever we had company and really made our apartment look classy and put-together. I hung Garden Island III on the wall across from the front door, and it provided a beautiful focal point as soon as we entered the apartment.
By Yuen Ho
These gorgeous prints allowed us to bring high quality art into our home. Whether decorating our bedroom or study nook, seeing these prints everyday gave us a jumping point for conversation, reflection, and aesthetic appreciation. Thank you for the opportunity to cultivate a love of art within our humble home.
By Evan Larson
The GALC program added so much to my years at Cal. Each year, my rommates and I enjoyed picking out the pieces of art that we would display in our rooms. Throughout the year, I get to enjoy looking up at a beautiful print. Whenever anyone comes over to visit, the usually make a remark about my GALC print – it’s the centerpiece of the room. I especially liked telling other Cal students about the program and seeing GALC pieces appear on their walls next year.
By Julia Sizek
Our dining room has been a wide open canvas in this giant house where I’ve been lucky to live for a year and a half. The room is one of the darkest in the house, a deep red color that the fast food industry would tell you makes you hungry. We would have never picked such a color, but it preceded us: the dining room, like the rest of the house, is owned by our landlords who are reoccupying the house this summer. When we gave our thirty days’ notice in advance of the impending move, I began taking down the prints in our dining room that we had to return to the library. I had borrowed two, as had one of my housemates. Each of them were beautiful, but the one that I spent the most time examining–mostly when I was pretending to write my dissertation, as I am also doing at this very moment–was “La Carpe” (“The Carp”) by Mario Avati. The print depicts a carp, its skeletal structure visible inside its fishy outline. One of the things that always vaguely upset me about the print is that the fish has no real eye, just a blank socket as one would expect in a skeleton. The blank eye circle is mirrored in the background, a horizontally pinstriped sheet with circular blots that look like carefully drawn circles from far away and water stains from close up. It’s fitting that the skeletal carp is surrounded by water circles, and it reminds me of one of the rules that they told us at the moment when they gave us the picture: don’t put it in the bathroom, they said. We agreed, and instead hung a cheap print of “St. Anthony Tempted by the Devil in the Form of a Woman” (Sausetta), a joke of sorts that we intended to leave to unsettle our bathroom users, a way to lighten the darkness of the house and the fact that it would never be ours.
By Jonathan Anderson Curley
I love getting to hang out with prints from the GALC. This was my second year knowing about, and using the program. This year I had two prints by Japanese artists: a woodblock print of actors from the 1800’s and an abstract print from the 1970’s. I hung both in my bedroom at home. I like the experience of having artwork temporarily… I think I pay a little more attention to it, knowing we will soon part!
The two pieces I rented were beautiful, soothing, and they lit up the room where I hug them both.
Together with my housemate’s paintings, it was wonderful having three art pieces of some flowers and plants. They added color and richness to our otherwise blank white wall.
I loved the living with GALC program. I told both of my roommates about it, and we created a beautiful gallery wall in our tiny terrible apartment. My only complaint is that I didn’t know about it until senior year, and I wish I could have taken more advantage of it.
The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood art & adapatation by Renee Nault
Conversations With Allen Ginsberg edited by David Stephen Calonne
Pursuit: A Novel Of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates
Conversations With Neil Simon edited by Jackson R. Bryer and Ben Siegel
Poems Written Abroad: The Lilly Library Manuscript by Stephen Spender edited by Christop Irmscher
Jean Stafford: Complete Novels: Boston Adventure, The Mountain Lion, The Catherine Wheel edited by Kathryn Davis
Selected Poems Of Edith Wharton edited by Irene Goldman-Price