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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.


Jean-Michel Espitallier, Espitallier’s Theorem


There’s nothing here to be measured
– simply take your share. Pensa, lettor.
The rift in perspective – a record of intuitive endeavors
serendipitous at the graft – limned by the eye.
Blood on the chain, a form of motion
written in black and blue, the body means to go back.
Verticals stagger and extend the spiral
– resisting the pull of gravity, slicing
a disputed form into gestures. Said
– to be – said to be, seen. Said to be.
Argot, hieroglyphics, and the play of appearances,
micromass of all sorts. Tilt of lens,
shape and angle of mirror, light caught in the bevel
from the torch of Phlegyas. Prenda, lettor.

Born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in 1943, Ray DiPalma received his BA from Duquesne University and his MFA from the University of Iowa. From 1968–1975 he taught poetry at Bowling Green University and moved to New York in 1975. Author of more than forty books of poetry, DiPalma has also published many editions of visual work, including one-of-a-kind artist’s books, sound texts, collages and prints. Among his earlier published collections are January Zero (1984), Raik (1989), Numbers and Tempers (1993), Hôtel des ruines (1993), Provocations (1994), Le tombeau de Reverdy (1998), Letters (1998) and Gnossiennes (2005). His most recent books include L’Usage ancien de la pierre (Editions Greges, 2007), Quatre poèmes (Editions Comp’Act, 2006; both translated by Vincent Dussol), and Caper (with Paul Vangelisti; ML & NLF, Piacenza, 2006). He lives in New York City and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.


  • ISBN: 978-0-9796177-5-1
  • Price:$14.95
  • Published 2009
  • 213 pages

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