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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Mario Ybarra Jr.

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YouTube interview

Mario Ybarra, Jr. (’99, Fine Arts) describes his art as simply an effort to "translate the experience growing up in my neighborhood, the stuff that was around my grandma's house, and around in my mom's house." He grew up in Wilmington, a city with a large Latino population, surrounded by the growth of hip-hop, graffiti and drug culture. His work and community activism have been fueled by the difficulties he has witnessed. He is a lecturer in Otis' Fine Arts Dept. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, and the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art.

Rita Gonzalez, a consulting curator for the 2008 Whitney Biennial that featured his work, said of Ybarra that he is part of a new generation of Chicano artists who are shaped by the music, MTV and local subcultures. "It's not like being Chicano is not part of his consciousness,” notes Gonzalez, “it's just that he's telling the stories in different ways, not through painting the Virgin of Guadalupe."

Ybarra conducts workshops for kids around the country with other artists in the "Slanguage" artists' collective. He and his artist wife, Karla Diaz, also organize shows for New Chinatown Barbershop in L.A. Ybarra has also curated a survey of graffiti art at the Inshallah Gallery, L.A. and an exhibition of ball-pen drawings by inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison.