H.C. Arnold, Ph.D.
H.C. Arnold is an Associate Faculty of Humanities at Riverside City College and Moreno Valley College in Southern California. He has a Ph.D. from The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, and he is currently researching at the University of California, Riverside under Professor Lis Kotz, Professor Susan Laxton, and Professor Judith Rodenbeck. His areas of focus are: Postmodern and contemporary art, conceptualism (including proto- and post-conceptual practices), sound art,
counterculture aesthetics, interdisciplinary practices, post-structuralism, and continental philosophy. 

He has published several articles on contemporary graffiti and has recently presented on the sound work of Michael Brewster at several national conventions.

H.C. Arnold was retweeted by Richard Prince and had coffee with David Byrne.

Current Projects

CARP's Critique: How the pop-up emerged in Los Angeles
This text is a historical study of the under-researched exhibition collective known as CARP that was active in Los Angeles during the 1970s. In the wake of the financial recession during that decade, many of the support systems for artists in Southern California disappeared. Yet, art continued on. CARP’s Critique examines how it was able to through this small collective's use of temporary exhibitions. Part of the larger institutional critique of the museum, CARP served not only as a model for the modern day pop-up gallery, but also as a nexus point for Los Angeles avant-garde practices.  

Around You: The Acoustic Sculptures and Sonic Drawings of Micheal Brewster
This text is a theoretical examination and history of the late artist Michael Brewster. Coining the terms “acoustic sculpture,” and “sonic drawing” to describe his sound works, Brewster spent his professional career creating site-specific immersive sonic landscapes for exploration. Situating him as both a sound artist as well as a Southern California artist, I establish a series of parallels between his practice and others. Following these links, I take Brewster’s career as a series of guiding threads by which to investigate the emergence of sound art and the discursive practices of post-minimalism during the 1970s. By re-evaluating these artistic practices through his work, new understandings emerge that can help illustrate their lasting impact.  


Michael Brewster Archive and Catalogue Raisonne
When the pioneering sonic artist Michael Brewster passed away in 2016, he left behind almost five decades of work. Known for developing the idea of an “acoustic sculpture,” Brewster blurred the boundaries between the ocular and the auditory while redefining ideas about installation art. Since January of 2017, I have been leading a small team of archivists as we compile Brewster’s catalogue raisonné. This project will cumulate with the donation of the archive to a housing and research institution. Our goal is to bring Brewster's work to other historians interested in sound art and post-studio practices.  


Publications and Reviews

From Russia with Love: Russian Feminist Graffiti and its Aesthetic Resistance,” Abstract. Feminist Art in Response to the State, 2018 CAA Conference. The Feminist Art Project, Rutgers University. 

"COLA 20 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery," Art and Cake,  May 11

"Where the land meets the sky, and we meet the desert: Desert X," Art and Cake, March 11

"Jeffery Gibson is ALIVE at Desert X," Art and Cake, Feb 19  

“We are all Graffiti Writers,” Eye and Mind Volume 2, Issue 2. 

“Post-Site: Contemporary Graffiti and Documentation,” Eye and Mind Volume 2, Issue 1. 

upcommig and recent presentations

(Upcoming) "Transforming Traffic: Michael Brewster's Local Pickup and how noise was turned into sculpture," presented at: SECAC, Chattanooga, TN, October 19-19 

"Relation-Clicks: The Sonic Drawings of Michael Brewster," presented at: SECAC, Birmingham, AL,  October 17-20 

"Gone in a Flash: The Camera as a Tool for Making Graffiti," presented at: PhotoHistory/PhotoFuture, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, April 20-22

“Ghosts of the Jungle in Streets of São Paulo: How Graffiti recovers Brazil’s Past,” presented at: Reuse Reconsidered, Brown University, Providence, RI, Sept 15-17

Work History

-Associate Faculty of Humanities, Riverside Community College District
-Art Critic for Art and Cake 

-Adjunct, Associate Professor of Art, Austin Community College
-Art Critic for The Austin Chronicle and Glasstire


Survey 2 Art History

A survey of Western art from the late Gothic era to today. 

20th Century and contemporary art history

A survey of modern art focusing on the development of its major trends and movements.

Art theory and criticism

A study of the philosophies and ideas behind aesthetics ranging from the ancient Greeks to today. 

Counterculture aesthetics

An examination of arts often excluded from traditional art history with an emphases on modern and contemporary social groups and how they choose to aesthetically represent themselves. 

Visual Culture and literacy

An introduction to the different forms of visual culture including fine art and mass media incorporating both Western and non-Western sources. 

Survey 1 art history

A survey of Western art and non-Western art from the Prehistoric era to the late Gothic era.

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