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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.


Color-Coding the 2012 American Electorate


Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:

310-665-6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu

DC artist Brian Dailey reflects the regional diversity of American politics during a polarized national election.
Brian Dailey - America in Color
Brian Dailey - America in Color

New York, New York (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

“America in Color,” a solo exhibition by DC-based artist Brian Dailey at the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery in New York City, creates a rich visual of the American political landscape with color-coded portraiture.

For the past two years Brian Dailey has traveled throughout the United States organizing impromptu photo-shoots with Americans of all political persuasions, in major cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and in rural southern, mid-western, western, and northeastern states.

The objective of the "America in Color" series was to capture individual portraits of the American electorate, including those with no interest in politics or voting. “The project explores the intersection of American politics, the individual character, and the role of perception in how we view and understand the vital components that shape the political process,” says Dailey.

Allowing individuals to define themselves and express their own identities within a relaxed atmosphere, Dailey asked each individual to pose in front of a color background that represents their political affiliation: blue for Democrat, red for Republican, grey for Independent, green for the Green Party, and yellow if they don’t vote or participate in the political process. Subjects were asked to strike a pose that best represents their character or identity.

The portraits were then arranged on a series of 4’ x 8’ panels, resulting in a vibrant mosaic of colors that reflects the regional diversity and character of the American electorate. The exhibition also features a selection of individual portraits and a digital loop of more than 1000 portraits shot by the artist in 20 states.

Brian Dailey received his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Design from Otis Art Institute (now Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles) in 1975. Throughout the 1970s, he worked and exhibited in L.A., staging performance art pieces at the Roger Wong Gallery and the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. In November 1977 “Vice”--his last performance work of that period--was staged at LAICA and featured in the art magazine "High Performance." In 1980, Brian became involved in government policymaking and corporate management. He returned to art full time in 2008 and maintains studios in Woodstock, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. His work uses various media including the photographic process, digital film, and oil on canvas. Brian serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies. He is also a member of the Collectors Committee of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Brian Dailey's "America in Color" has been developed over the past two years through dozens of one-day photo shoots, including shoots in galleries such as Rhona Hoffman (Chicago); Honor Fraser (Los Angeles); and I-20 (Chelsea).

BRIAN DAILEY: America in Color
October 17th - November 18th, 2012

Stephan Stoyanov Gallery
29 Orchard Street
New York, New York

About Otis College of Art and Design
Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu.


Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Adobe, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.

Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; the Graduate Studios are in nearby Culver City, and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.