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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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When It's A Photograph Exhibition Opens November 1

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

When It’s a Photograph EXAMINES NEW DIRECTIONS
When It's A Photograph
James Welling, 003, Chromogenic Print, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CA (Sept. 18, 2008) -- When It's a Photograph examines contemporary photography's current fascination with collage, cut-outs, photograms and other altered states of the traditional photograph. The show considers why photographers are revisiting these formal techniques of the avant-garde of the 1910s-1940s at this particular moment. In some cases, it is a material-conscious reaction to digital image-making; in others it is a self-referential examination of photography and its existence as an art form that operates beyond the flat space of the photographic print.

The artwork included in the show is overtly constructed; the traditional photograph is treated as the central component in a larger scheme of art-making. The works use photography as collage or a ground for drawn or cut imagery or as a photographic trace in the case of the photogram. Even while prioritizing the medium of photography, the relationship between the photographic and the drawn, and the sculptural and the painted, is deliberately questioned, leading the viewer to consider what makes a photograph a photograph.

Artists include Doug Aitken, John Bock, Sebastiaan Bremer, Phil Chang, Morgan Cuppet-Michelson, Liz Deschenes, Amie Dicke, Richard Galpin, Arthur Ou, Adam Putnam, Paul Sietsema, Yanina Spizzirri, Carly Steward, Wolfgang Tillmans, Yanai Toister, Inez van Lamsweerde, Marnie Weber, and James Welling.

This exhibition is made possible by The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation.

Exhibition dates: November 1-25, 2008

Curated by Soo Kim, Artist and Interim Director of Photography

Reception: Saturday, November 22nd, 6-8 pm
Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design
Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm / Thu 10am-7pm
The gallery will be closed on November 4.

Related events: November 5, 11 am, Bolsky Gallery:
Exhibition walk-through with curator Soo Kim

November 10, 7:30 pm, Ben Maltz Gallery: Lecture by Charlotte Cotton
November 11, 11 am, Forum: Presentation by Sebastiaan Bremer
November 12, 11am, Bolsky Gallery: Exhibition walk-through with Otis alumni: Morgan Cuppet-Michelsen, Yanina Spizzirri, Carly Steward
November 19, 11 am, Bolsky Gallery: Exhibition walk-through with Phil Chang

About Otis

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, 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; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor 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.