• 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


Boutique run by alumna Astrelle Johnquest ’11 highlighted in the L.A. Times

Now Space is one of the most unique boutiques in L.A.
By Jessica Ritz
From the outside, it looks like an unassuming 1940s home on Alhambra Avenue in Los Angeles’ El Sereno neighborhood.
But Now Space is anything but nondescript.
Sculptor and former product designer Astrelle Johnquest runs the hybrid vintage store, art gallery and experimental space as a continuation of a project she started years ago.
While an undergraduate at Otis College of Art and Design, Johnquest organized a pop-up shop for her final thesis project. She experimented with alternative forms of exchange and bartering.
Fast-forward a few years to the present, when Now Space is “an extension of my art practice,” even as she accepts traditional payment methods instead.
Located within an area zoned for industrial use in El Sereno, Now Space is open weekend afternoons and by appointment.
Johnquest formally began her business as a temporary holiday seasonal shopping and “Sunday bazaar” series last November, “but I kept it going because I had so much fun, and people were responding to it,” she said.
Now Space’s ever-changing inventory from her ongoing estate sale and thrift store escapades might include a Danish modern dining set, Nelson bubble lamps, kitschy ceramic birds and vintage magazines, along with original contemporary artwork. She also stocks small circus-sideshow-inspired illustrations by her mother, Massachusetts-based artist Amy Johnquest, plus Lena Wolek's ceramics and silk-screened pillows by Sebastian Boher.
Now Space also occasionally hosts live music performances, and Johnquest is planning larger-scale installations in a nearby warehouse, which was originally a World War II-era shell manufacturing facility. (It’s directly behind the shop and currently functions as her studio. The cluster of buildings that backs onto freight train tracks is also covered with striking graffiti murals.)
Now Space even has an artist-in-residence program. Brooklyn-based Rachel Sussman recently filled sidewalk cracks with enamel and gold dust as part of her "Sidewalk Kintsukuroi" installation and photography series, based on the Japanese ceramic tradition of kintsukuroi (meaning “to repair with gold”). Muralist, sculptor and quilter Eliza Fernand from Grand Rapids, Mich. visited in April.
Now Space will always be an ongoing work in progress that Johnquest is eager to develop and see unfold.
“I realized there’s so much I can do with this,” she said. 
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