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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 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

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

Press Release  /  Slideshow