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Academic Excellence: David Roy

INTERESTING THINGS YOU DID OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?
I mostly did a lot of bike riding. I did some epic rides on a special bike that I built for exploring the local fire roads and mountain trails. I did some longer rides including many centuries, and one from L.A. to San Diego. My favorite thing was organizing parties and art shows with Centaur, my art collective.

 

Hometown?
Los Angeles


Why Otis?
Of all the schools I visited, Otis was the most welcoming. I really liked the campus, and I was offered a very good financial aid package.

 

Your thesis project?
My thesis project examined transdisciplinary art and the ongoing relationship between art, technology, and industry. I also participated in a collaborative project with my classmates.
 

Most influential class?
It’s a tie between Sohrab Mohebbi’s Critic in Residence course on art and labor, and Dani Tull’s class on unconventional aesthetics.

 

Favorite place in L.A.?
Wherever I am on my bike. I am quite fond of a decommissioned Nike missile base in the Santa Monica Mountains.

 

Impact on your work/life?
I learned to think deeply, critically, and creatively in all aspects of my life. Studying here taught me to push myself to do more than I thought was possible.

 

What’s next?
I am building my portfolio to apply to graduate school next year. My new body of work uses my pinhole cameras and some experimental printing techniques that I developed at Otis. I organize shows, and I recently started restoring a ceramics studio in Little Tokyo.
 

Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
I have a ham radio license, which gives me an excuse to use the NATO phonetic alphabet on a regular basis. My call sign is Kilo-Juliet-Six-Zulu-Foxtrot-Victor!

 

Information/tips for future students?
Work hard because you’ll only get out what you put in. It’s a great privilege to go to art school; don’t take it for granted.

 

See David’s experiments with his pinhole cameras on youtube.