2018 Winners Centennial Alumni Mural Competition
Noah Humes (BFA, Illustration ‘17)
Home, 2018, image credit: Seth Lower
Noah Humes (BFA Illustration, ‘17) lives and works in Los Angeles, California, where he was born. He completed his BFA in Illustration at Otis College in 2017. Noah’s artistic practice largely comprises painting and includes teaching ceramics and painting to young students. In 2017, he was featured in Graphic Design USA as a "Student to Watch".
Many people of African descent have tried to rediscover what was lost in the legacy of slavery, and to reconstruct their cultural identities. In this hand-painted wall mural, titled Home, ten are literally and figuratively placed in a South Los Angeles neighborhood. Over time, Los Angeles has become their "home" but is it really where they are from and who they are?
The figures stand in the middle of the street, draped in Western, Eastern, and Southern African regalia and clothing. They are in the midst of stripping away the "European mindset" or the "mindset of the colonizer," replacing it with an African body of principles and value systems. The fabrics connote ancestral roots—Kuba cloth from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and textiles from Samburu, Kenya; Lagos, Nigeria; and Windhoek, Namibia. The dog stands nearby for protection, a reference to the hyenas trained by the ‘Gadawan Kura’ of Nigeria (Hyena Handlers of Nigeria). Identity is a universal element of the human experience but it must be questioned if we are to truly understand ourselves and our homes.
"The beauty of art is being able to step away for a moment and create your own reality." −Noah Humes
Sofia Enriquez (BFA, Illustration ’14)
Cuidate Mucho, 2018, image credit: Seth Lower
Sofia Enriquez (BFA Illustration, ’14) lives and works in Palm Springs, California. Born in Indio, CA, she completed her BFA in Illustration at Otis College in 2014. Her artistic practice largely comprises mural painting. Sofia has painted murals in Cathedral City, Coachella, and at the VANS House, FYF Festival, Los Angeles, as well as Paris and Tokyo.
Cuidate Mucho, 2018
Latex and Acrylic Paint
This mural is dedicated to my experience attending Otis College of Art and Design. The mural references my Mexican-American culture and mixed identity. It says "CUIDATE MUCHO," something I heard a lot from my family while attending college. Adding paisleys to the mural references the textile my family would wear. Coming to Los Angeles for college was not just something that I did for myself, but for the sacrifices my family made for me to have this opportunity.
“Si no hago mucho, how else am I going to be an artist?” −Sofia Enriquez
2018 Alumni Centennial Mural Competition Jurors
Victoria Burns has over 30 years of experience in the international art market and is a member of The Association of Professional Art Advisors. With a commitment to connoisseurship and investment portfolio development, Burns advises both new and experienced collectors on building art collections that reflect the client’s personal vision, enhance their home or office environments, and contribute to their wealth. She consults on the acquisition of objects in all media, with an expertise in Modern and Contemporary Art. Burns has long-standing relationships with top international art galleries, museums, auction houses and private dealers, and attends major arts events, insuring her access to the best material on the market. Throughout her career, Burns has advised corporate clients on fine art acquisitions and educational programs for their employees. Clients include: the MacArthur Foundation, Harris Associates, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and Hines Developers among others.
Sandra de la Loza
Sandra de la Loza’s work examines underlying power dynamics embedded in social space often drawing upon extensive archival research and mobilizing community-based networks. She is the founder of the Poch(x) Research Society (PRS) (2002), a project that explores the elasticity of the artifact and the mythmaking aspects of “History” through conceptual, performative, social and aesthetic strategies that result in multi-media installations, video, photographic work, social engagement, publications and public interventions. She considers her efforts to co-generate autonomous spaces for artistic production, community action and critical dialogue an important part of her practice. Through such efforts she has co-organized community centers, pedagogical spaces, and multi-disciplinary events such as the October Surprise (2004), and Arts in Action (2000-2004), decolonize LA (2016) and at land’s edge (2016-2017). In 2017 de la Loza was awarded a COLA Master Artist Fellowship which will culminate in an exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 2018. A recent collaboration with Argentinian artist Eduardo Molinari is currently traveling through the exhibition Talking to Action: Art, Activism, Pedagogy of the Americas as part of the Getty initiative, PST LA/LA. This show will travel to the School of Art Institute Chicago next fall. In 2017 de la Loza was awarded a COLA Master Artist Fellowship Award which will culminate in an exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 2018.
Norm Laich was born in Detroit, Michigan. He studied studio arts at Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, Ontario College of Art, Toronto and Eastern Michigan University. His enamel paintings and large scale wall paintings have been exhibited at 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles, The California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK., Paradise Garage, Los Angeles and Team Gallery, New York. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
Vincent Ramos (BFA, '02)
Vincent Ramos received his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2002 and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions, including Pachuco Cadaver or There Are No Heavies in America, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles (2011); Outsider Art: Others from Elsewhere Doing Something Altogether Different…Sort of, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA (2008); and Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2012). His work was most recently featured in A Universal History of Infamy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2017), as part of PST LA/LA. In addition, Ramos organized A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America, currently on view through October 6, 2018 at the Charles White Gallery, Los Angeles. Awards include the Friends of Contemporary Art (FOCA) Mid-Career Fellowship (2015); Legacy Artist in Residence Fellowship, 18th Street Arts Center (2011); and the California Community Foundation (CCF) Emerging Artist Fellowship (2010).
Phranc introduces herself as “the All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger” As a visual artist she has adopted the moniker “The Cardboard Cobbler”. As a teenager she attended The Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles, California, where she focused on songwriting and silk-screening. In the late 1970’s she was a member of the Nervous Gender and Catholic Discipline in the L.A. punk rock scene. She has recorded for Rhino Records, Island Records, and Kill Rock Stars and toured internationally with many acclaimed and notorious artists. Both her music and visual work employ humor to raise consciousness, trigger response, and provoke discussion. She is exhibits her visual work at the Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica California (www.craigkrullgallery.com) and at Friesen Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho (www.friesengallery.com)
2017 Inaugural Alumni Mural Competition
Renée Fox (BFA ‘02)
The Role of Helen in the Corruption of Faustus, 2017, image credit from artist website
Renée Fox (BFA, Painting ’02), lives and works in Inglewood, California. Born in Frederick, Maryland, Fox studied at the Corcoran School of Art and completed her BFA at Otis College in 2002. She is a pre-qualified muralist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs public art projects, and co-founder of the Inglewood Open Studios annual event. She has had solo and group exhibitions nationally, including Freeway Studies: Inside the Quad, curated by Meg Linton, Ben Maltz Gallery, CA (2014); and Renée A. Fox: A Decadent Work, West Los Angeles College, CA (2013). Her work is held in permanent collection at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA, as well as private collections.
The Role of Helen in the Corruption of Faustus, 2017
Acrylic and Graphite on Polytab
The mural’s title refers to Doctor Faustus, the 16th century Elizabethan tragic play by Christopher Marlowe that cautioned against the dangers of desire. On a quest for wisdom and knowledge, Faustus conjures the demon Mephistopheles, who tempts him to sell his soul to the devil. Faustus becomes obsessed with power and pleasure, and eventually believes his ultimate salvation to be Helen of Troy, who is conjured out of Ancient Greece at Faust’s demand for the most beautiful woman to be his wife. The dangerous seduction of pleasure, symbolized by Helen’s mythic beauty, becomes his downfall.
Fifth in a series of site-specific murals begun in 2013, The Role of Helen in the Corruption of Faustus uses feminine stereotypes to question pervasive ideas about womanhood. Murals in this series were all designed with parts of different orchids and plants, animals, and references to viscera, always alluding to the sexualized female body. Whereas artist Georgia O'Keefe denied sexualized female forms in the flowers she rendered, in Fox’s work they are unapologetically “female.”
2017 Alumni Mural Competition Jurors
Theodore "Teddy" Karatz, Collector, GTIS Partners
Karatz is a Director at GTIS Partners LP, a global real estate investment firm with $3.8 billion of committed equity, and is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities across the west coast. Mr. Karatz received a B.A. in Communication from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California and a Masters in Real Estate Development from the Lusk School at the University of Southern California. Additionally, Mr. Karatz serves as a Trustee to the Millbrook School, a boarding school in Dutchess County, New York, and is on the Advisory Board for the Depart Foundation, a non-profit art exhibition space in West Hollywood, CA. Mr. Karatz lives in Los Angeles and is married to his wife, Heather, and has young twins named Abe and Joelle.
Anna Katz, Assistant Curator, MOCA
Anna Katz was recently appointed Assistant Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). From 2015 to 2017 she was the Wendy Stark Curatorial Fellow at MOCA, during which time she organized Peter Shire: Naked Is the Best Disguise; assisted on the exhibitions Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958–2010, Doug Aitken: Electric Earth, and Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road; and organized the museum’s public programs. Previously a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2008 to 2013, she holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University. Her doctoral dissertation is the first book-length study of sculptor Lee Bontecou’s oeuvre during the most active period of her production, 1958 to 1971. Katz has taught art history courses at Occidental College, Pomona College, Pratt Institute, and UCLA and has recently contributed to the catalogues Doug Aitken: Electric Earth (2016), Kerry James Marshall: Mastry (2016), and Whitney Museum of American Art: Handbook of the Collection (2015).
Jamie G. Manné, Founding Director, Marciano Art Foundation
Jamie G. Manné was born and raised in Los Angeles. With over ten years of experience working in the professional art world, she has managed the Marciano Collection for the past eight years and is the Deputy Director of the Marciano Art Foundation, which opened to the public in Spring 2017. Jamie lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 3 rescue dogs.
Shulamit Nazarian, Founder, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery
Shulamit Nazarian, architect turned gallerist, began her career in the art world with a roving art platform in 2006 and opened a permanent exhibition space in Venice Beach in 2012. After four years in Venice, the gallery relocated to Hollywood in March of 2017. The gallery presents a diverse program featuring a range of local and international contemporary artists working across mediums. The gallery's program is rooted in the belief that artistic and curatorial practice plays a vital role in catalyzing cultural dialogue, while shaping our understanding of individual identity and social contexts.
Marc Pally, Artist and Public Art Curator
Marc Pally is an artist and curator specializing in public art. After receiving his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Pally pursued a career in art production and administration/planning/curating. Pally’s artwork is in the collections of LACMA, MOCA, Orange County Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art and Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art among others. In addition to teaching at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Pally had several significant art administration positions including Director of LACE and City Planner for Public Art at the CRA of Los Angeles. The latter position began Pally’s career in the public art field, which grew to include the development and management of public art projects in both the public and private sectors throughout the United States. Pally served as the Artistic Director of Glow, a tri-annual all-night art event on the beach in Santa Monica, California. His passion and commitment is to engage the vision of artists in the public sphere thereby helping to create environments in which the unexpected and often the enigmatic reside as key elements in our common spaces.
Fay Ray (BFA '01), Artist
Fay Ray’s work exists at the interstitial moment of contact between woman and world, more concretely within and about the realm of objects used to navigate this space. In her photo-collage, painting, and sculptures, Surrealist visual tropes collide with minimalist forms and fetishized objects to explore what constitutes cultural ideas of femininity and personhood and psychology. Consumption and desire coalesce in her densely lush vision of culturally commodified selfhood.
Fay Ray received her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, and her MFA from Columbia University in 2005. She has exhibited at various institutions and galleries within the US and internationally, including Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY and Thaddeus Ropac Gallery, Paris, France among others.