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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Past Exhibitions 2006

Yamandú Canosa: Three Spots
October 14 - December 9, 2006

Solo exhibition featuring new paintings, drawings and a site-specific wall mural. Curated by Meg Linton, Director of Ben Maltz Gallery. Yamandú Canosa was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1954. He studied briefly at the Architectural University in Montevideo before moving to Barcelona, Spain in 1975. Represented by Galería Tomás March in Valencia, he has shown extensively throughout Spain as well as in the Netherlands, France and Germany. www.tomasmarch.com

Press Release  /  Slideshow  /  Videos: Artist Walk-thru


Joan Tanner: On Tenderhooks
July 22 - September 23, 2006

Large-scale installation created by Southern California artist Joan Tanner, curated by Meg Linton, Director of the Ben Maltz Gallery. Using raw materials like Blister-Pac, corrugated plastic paneling, galvanized metal, air-duct filters, plywood, industrialized coating, light and video, Tanner assembles a precarious environment to tackle the visual paradox of architectonic order and disintegration—ordering to achieve perfection and humankind’s inability to escape imperfection. www.joantanner.com

Press Release  /  Slideshow  /  Videos: Installation Time-lapse


the epitaph project: 1995 -
A multimedia installation by Joyce Burstein
June 17 - August 31, 2006   Bolsky Gallery

Joyce Burstein began the epitaph project in 1995 by securing a mortgage for a plot at Hollywood Forever, a notable and historic cemetery adjacent to Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. The public artwork exists as a tombstone carved from slate like a chalkboard and is accompanied by a bronze box containing chalk. Passersby are invited to write an epitaph on the stone, and then she collects these sometimes profound or irreverent compositions with a photograph.  The project has extended into a multi-media presentation in the Bolsky Gallery and a forthcoming book with an essay by Peter Lamborn Wilson that enlists the help of all spectators in a process of self-discovery about death and life, as one does not exist without the other.  www.epitaphproject.com

Press Release  /  Slideshow


Infrasense
An installation by KIT and Robert Saucier
May 5 - July 1, 2006

Created by KIT, a fluxing collaborative team of international artists, writers, architects and programmers who have been active since 1995, and Canadian artist Robert Saucier. The artists are working with terminology adopted by Internet technology like worms, back doors, Trojan horses, and bugs that are metaphors for viral activities happening to our desktops and laptops in our work and home environments. The Infrasense project takes the Trojan horse and the bug—two digitally bound elements that live and replicate on the Internet—and makes them physical entities inside the gallery controlled partially by the Internet and visitor.  www.kitcollaboration.net

Press Release  /  Slideshow


From the Island of Misfit Toys
February 10 - April 15, 2006

Group show that looks at how fine artists are manipulating toys to create sculpture, video, and music that push the boundaries physically, emotionally, or conceptually to address larger themes of consumerism, the surrogate, and death. Through exaggeration of scale, excessive use of material, and do-it-yourself methods, this exhibition introduces a set of artists who are blurring the lines between creative fields and taking toys to humorous, thoughtful, and poignant places.
Artists: Elizabeth Berdann (blu), Deborah Brown, Nathan Cabrera, Jonathan Callan, Jeroen de Vries, Dan Goodsell, Kelly Heaton, Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz, Anne Walsh, and 8 Bit Weapon

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