• Mexican artist Yoshua Okón’s videos blur the lines between documentary, reality, and fiction. He collaborates closely with his actors (often amateurs who are also the subjects of the work) to create sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances.
  • Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

  • Gallery 169 will be hosting the Otis College of Art and Design Communication Arts Graphic Design Junior Show, "5328," displaying a selection of work made over the five thousand twenty eight hours that make up the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Work will include collected posters, publications, and typographic projects.
  • Clay, Body is a solo exhibition from artist Sydney Aubert: Unapologetically fat, crass, and sexual, a ceramics artist who also works in video, and whatever other materials arouse her in the moment. Exhibition will be on view from Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28 at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. On view by appointment only, please contact the artist at Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6pm-9pm Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

  • Audrey Wollen is a feminist theorist and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Wollen uses social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, as platforms for her work on Sad Girl Theory, a theory which posits that internalized female sadness can be used as a radical and political action, separate from masculinized forms of protests such as anger and violence. She introduces this form of protest as an alternative to masculinized anger and violence.
  • Bring family and friends to reconnect with fellow alumni at the studio of Albert Valdez ('10) following Brewery ArtWalk, an open studio weekend with over 100 participating resident artists.

    Parking is located inside the Brewery campus.  

    Visit for directions and other information. 

  • Otis Radio: Our Story`

    May 01| Special Event

    Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.


    This week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm is Our Story. Join DJ Wormlord (Maggie Gilbert), DJ Ace (Grace Kanchana), and DJ Mango (Stacy Li) as we have real talk in real time. Don't miss out!


    Listen online at KLMU.

    All shows will be simulcast on 96.1FM in the Otis Commons and archived on


Bolsky Gallery

Liz Cardman Exhibition

APRIL 14 – 22, 2017
The Purge
April 22, 2017 10am

Liz Cardman Image

Los Angeles, CA – Bolsky Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Culver City, Los Angeles, CA, the inaugural solo exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Liz Cardman, on view at 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045 from April 14–22, 2017. The gallery will host a special opening reception on April 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Culver City, Los Angeles, CA will feature a collection of paintings depicting both landscapes and interior spaces from various places throughout California, North Dakota and Idaho. Drawn from Cardman’s experience of living in a tent for several years, each painting represents a specific time and place in the artist’s life as she calls on the memories of being adrift without a permanent home and explores both the relationship between public and private space and the definitions of interior and exterior environments. These ideas are underscored by the integration of the artist’s tent in each painting, which she uses as an anchor to represent her nomadic journey and as a symbol for isolation, sanctuary, loss of innocence and self-realization. In keeping with the theme of a nomadic life, all the paintings will be given away at the end of the show in an event called The Purge.

With what Cardman describes as “unrealness,” the pieces play with perspective, color and ratio, using purposeful misalignment to force the images to “fall off” the canvas. Additionally, each piece is accompanied by a background story detailing the inspiration and history for the works. In an excerpt from the narrative behind the painting, Bahia de Los Angeles, Baja, California, the artist writes, “We woke as the sun was just peeking up from the sea. Everything was awash in pale blues, purples and teals. The two of us sat there watching the sun coming up, eating warm mangoes we had gotten out of the car…the water, as warm as a bath, washed the sticky mango off my peeling skin…we spent the next couple days there, in the Bay of L.A., Danny carefully putting my broken pieces back together.” These short essays will be compiled into a zine and made available to take home.

In an unexpected twist, Cardman will be offering all paintings of the series to be claimed by anyone, free of charge, allowing herself to move on and start anew. This effort has been officially titled as The Purge, and it begins promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, and comes with only one covenant: the new owner must sign a binding contract permitting the artist to place the piece in future shows, and stipulates that the artwork never be disposed of or change hands, but instead be returned to her if no longer wanted. This unique approach defies the expectations of the art marketplace and challenges the relationship between creativity and commerce; otherwise known as the eternal conflict of every artist: how to preserve authenticity in one’s work while making a living from it. Never one for conformity, Cardman explains this choice by saying, “By having people sign a contract, I am acknowledging the art market, but undermining it by giving my work for free.”

Born in London in 1984, Liz Cardman has lived in Dallas, San Francisco and other various cities throughout northern and southern California, settling in Los Angeles in 2003. She received her B.A. in Art from UCLA and most recently, her MFA in Fine Art from the Otis School of Art and Design.

For additional information, please contact Bolsky Gallery at (310) 846-2614.