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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.


Robert Dobbie

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After his years at Otis Robert Dobbie ’01 (a.k.a. Rob Dob or Bob Dob) has built up a distinctly sardonic portfolio of work that has come to fruition in his new book, BOBDOB: Painting Collection Volume One, published by Murphy Design. (BOBDOB)

“What I loved most at first about Bob Dob’s style of painting was something that I didn’t even notice in the beginning,” says one reviewer, Reevo. “I was initially engrossed with his fine art styled oil paintings. The feeling is that the people in his images had a story to tell if only I could hear them from within the canvas.

“It wasn’t until some time later that I even noticed the characters in his paintings were cartoon-like. It’s something that I still can’t quite get my head around or explain. It seems obvious now, but at first they looked so real.

“There’s lots of anger, frustration, desperation and disappointment in the characters’ faces. There are a few semi-smiles within but these are associated with menace rather than happiness. I think this is one of Bob Dob’s greatest achievements as a painter actually: the way in which he constantly manages to get raw emotions across to the viewer in his paintings.”

Narrative humor with bleak, mundane or crazed imagery, and a discernible sense of truthfulness continue to be the defining characteristic of his illustrations. Dob works as a commercial artist for such clients as Aflac, American Airlines, Village Voice and ABC Family Channel.

Born and raised in Hermosa Beach, California, Bob now resides a stone’s throw away in Redondo Beach.