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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.


Illustration Alumnus Cole Moss

Dec 16, 2013
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Cole Moss (’11 Communication Arts) started Unicorn Industries/Grey Rainbow as chief illustrator, primary concept developer, full-time researcher, and resident fool.

I make projects that are for adults, but can be understood by children. My thought was that I would keep making work about things that interested me, and naturally, if the idea was worthy of discussion, the project would gather its own audience within a reasonable spectrum. With each subsequent project, I work to alienate myself while attracting a stronger, hopefully hungrier audience.
For example, Sunday, February 26: losing sleep, mid-afternoon runs, close proximity to a quality blender, opportunity to work relatively clothed for weeks on end, developing new constraints to keep myself productive, and the loss of apprehension when it comes to choosing socks that match.
I am always doing my best impression of a factory, while trying to not think about the smokestacks of others.

I took a road trip through northern California, and a friend asked me what I did to promote my work. One evening, tucked away in a run-down 1970′s strip motel, I pulled up a few humor sites that I had initially missed and sent a few cold promotional emails to them. A few days later, I was standing in line at LAX heading back to Missouri. I feel a buzz in my pocket and it’s a text message from a friend saying that my book was on the front page of a really large social news aggregate website called Reddit. One of the websites that I had emailed put my book on their blog, and it was picked up by a handful of other sites immediately. From one little email to a humor website, the floodgates opened. Within the week, I had over 200,000 visitors to my website, and by the end of the month I had offers from a handful of great publishers to produce my book. (for sale on Amazon, or at Barnes and Noble or Urban Outfitters.)
Otis gave me the opportunity to explore every whim and passing fancy. It allowed me the chance to delude myself, rationalize my actual skill set, and then proceed to make things that, in their outward appearance, seem relevant to society.


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