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  • Sarah Manguso

    Oct 01| Lectures
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    Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and short-listed in the UK for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and long-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise.

  • Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Jennifer Steinkamp.

    Thursday, October 2nd 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

     

  • OR GALLERY
    10455 JEFFERSON BLVD.
    CULVER CITY, CA 90232
  • Pae White

    Oct 07| Lectures
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    Pae White was born in 1963 in Pasadena, California. She lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, California. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Recent solo exhibition venues include Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; galleria francesca kaufmann, Milan; the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; greengrassi, London; and 1301PE, Los Angeles.

  • Graduate Fine Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents artist, Paradise Garage.

    Thursday, October 9th 11:15am - 12:30pm

    Graduate Studios: 10455 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90230

     
  • Jennifer Moon

    Oct 14| Lectures
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    Artist, Adventurer, and Revolutionary 

    Phoenix Rising, Part 2: Eros vs. Agape is on view now in Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer Museum through Sept. 7th! 
  • ALUMNI EVENT

    The Otis Alumni Council invites you to a reception and artist talk with alumnus Sandow Birk (’89) hosted by Council member Eleana Del Rio (’89) at her art gallery.

    Sandow Birk: American Qur’an  is the final exhibition culminating a nine-year project to create an illuminated manuscript of the Holy Qur’an. Birk will discuss this series and his career with art historian, art critic and Otis faculty member Dr. Jeanne Willette.

     

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Berton Hasebe ‘05

Dec 16, 2013
Studying type design in The Hague
Spotlight Category: Alumni
I can’t say that winter in The Hague was the easiest thing for me. As a Hawaii expat, biking in zero-degree weather or being surrounded by grey skies most of the time was difficult. However the city itself is great, the sky eventually became blue more often, and weather-related concerns are a small factor compared to how much I enjoyed living, studying, and traveling in The Netherlands.
I graduated in 2005 with a BFA in Graphic Design, and in my junior and senior years, my interest in letterforms and type design grew to a point where I knew I’d eventually like to continue my studies. After working for about two years at Intersection Studio in Venice, I was accepted at the Type and Media program at The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK). There are several courses in the world that offer a type design curriculum, however I was particularly interested in KABK because of its great faculty and underlying curriculum. Although research of historical type models plays a part in the curriculum, teaching comes from a hands-on approach, where students quickly begin drawing letterforms through an understanding of basic structures. Through lessons in contrast, spacing and  proportion, we analyzed and drew letters based on an understanding of construction rather than direct historical references. The first part of the curriculum introduces type design through a broad range of topics such as calligraphy, stone carving, letterform sketching, typeface software/production methods, Python programming, and type history and theory. The second part is devoted to an execution of a final project, where the student focuses on a specific area of interest and designs a type family in this context. Intermittently throughout the year are class trips outside of the Netherlands, which included the Plantin Moretus museum in Antwerp and the Typo Berlin Conference. The ten students in the class came from Brazil, Canada, Italy, Switzerland and Vienna. This diversity plays a strong role in the class atmosphere, as each person’s background and perspective  contributes to a variety of coursework and design sensibilities. We became quite close, acting as a family with the same goals, rather than individuals competing against one another.