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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.


Past Exhibitions 2004

The Los Angeles School :  Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley, June Harwood, Helen Lundeberg and John McLaughlin
Guest Curator: Dave Hickey
November 13, 2004-January 22, 2005

An exhibition honoring the moment that art in Los Angeles became "Los Angeles Art."

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Panopticon (neural architecture no. 4): an installation by Deborah Aschheim
Waiting for the End of the World: photographs by Richard Ross
September 11 – October 30, 2004

Part of Deborah Aschheim’s “Neural Architecture,” series of nervous systems for buildings, Panopticon is a site-specific installation that considers the intersection of surveillance, electronics, neural sensing and architecture. Waiting for the End of the World: Debut of his new body of work by Richard Ross in his book entitled “Waiting for the End of the World,” published by Princeton Architectural Press in April 2004, Richard Ross has photographed bomb shelters in the US, Russia, England, China, Turkey, Vietnam and Switzerland, capturing the global and futile concern for safety since the dawn of nuclear destruction. 
www.deborahaschheim.com  /  www.richardross.net

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3 Solo Projects: Jane Mulfinger, Ross Rudel, Elizabeth Turk
Chicken: a video installation by Eve Luckring
June 26 - August 14, 2004

Simultaneous sculpture and video exhibitions of four contemporary Southern California artists. 
Ross Rudel www.anglesgallery.com  /  Elizabeth Turk www.hirschlandadler.com

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You Are Here
An installation by Daniel Wheeler
March 13 - April 24, 2004

Large-scale, experiential installation created by Los Angeles artist Daniel Wheeler. Viewers encounter limited vantage points and prescribed perspectives as they explore the 1930s yellow-tiled bathroom with sealed fixtures, travel through a tunnel into an oversized yurt and climb the metal rib-cage ladder to look down upon a profound and wry interpretation of the human body. www.danielwheeler.com

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Xawery Wolski: Polvo/Proch/Dust
January 16 - February 21, 2004

The exhibition title “dust” in Spanish, Polish, and English bears homage to Wolski's global citizenry, as well as to the eventual “dust to dust” of the physical body, and the artist’s material. The exhibition highlights work completed in the last several years and includes a giant replica of a forty-foot steel chain; snaking intestinal tracks and elegant, minimal flesh forms; and rings of bulbous “clouds” suspended from fishing wire, all fashioned in smooth, skin-like terracotta.  www.galeriaomr.com

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