Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA has officially taken over for a city-wide dialogue about art, social engagement, heritage, and borders both literal and figurative. As Los Angeles' first professional art school, Otis College of Art and Design has been a part of the city's vibrant arts community from the beginning. From the California Clay Movement, to Los Four, to Kerry James Marshall's Mastry, our alumni have had an indelible impact on arts in L.A. and the world.
In celebration of these incredible artists, we've highlighted the PST: LA/LA exhibitions featuring Otis College alumni below.
The Mistake Room (TMR) presents an experimental survey exhibition of the work of Los Angeles-born, Guadalajara-based artist Eduardo Sarabia ('98). Transforming TMR’s space into an immersive installation composed of a series of theatrical vignettes based on the artist’s previous works over the past fifteen years, the exhibition will feature the debut of a new long-format narrative video/film. Image: Eduardo Sarabia, Desert Daze , 2015. Oil on Canvas, 185 cm x 255 cm. Private Collection, Guadalajara. Photo credit: Albert Terrat.
Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz is the first major retrospective of one of the most influential Los Angeles artists of the 1970s and 1980s, Carlos Almaraz ('74 MFA). Image: Carlos Almaraz, Crash in Phthalo Green, 1984. Oil on canvas. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of the 1992 Collectors Committee. © The Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo © Museum Associates, LACMA.
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LA maps the intersections and collaborations among a network of queer Chicano artists and their artistic collaborators from the late 1960s to the early 1990s and features Carlos Almaraz ('74 MFA), Roberto Gil de Montes ('76 MFA), Patssi Valdez ('84), and Jack Vargas ('76). Image: Teddy Sandoval, Las Locas, c. 1980. Acrylic and mixed media on unstretched canvas. 39 x 52 in. (99 x 133.4 cm). Collection of Paul Polubinskas. Photograph by Fredrik Nilsen.
Transpacific Borderlands expands our understanding of what constitutes Latin American art by highlighting the work of 17 contemporary artists of Japanese ancestry from Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo including Kenzi Shiokava ('94 MFA). Image: Eduardo Tokeshi, Bandera Uno, 1985. Latex on canvas.
Within a culture, a socio-political movement and a profession dominated by men, artists Judithe Hernández ('74 MFA) and Patssi Valdez ('85) have each created bodies of works that profoundly influenced the aesthetic voices of Latinas in the latter half of the 20th century. Image: Judithe Hernández, The Purification, 2013. Pastel mixed-media on archival wood board. 30 x 40 in. © 2016 Judithe Hernández.
This exhibit features new works from boundary-defying artists who adopt methods from anthropology, theater, and linguistics at three venues from West LA to Midcity, see work from Vincent Ramos ('02) at the LACMA location. Image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, A Brief History of Architecture in Guatemala, 2010–13. Single channel video installation. © Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa.
This groundbreaking exhibition illuminates the contributions of more than 100 women artists from 15 countries who pioneered experimental art forms to create a new emancipated female body, including Patssi Valdez ('85). Image: Marie Orensanz, Limitada (Limited), 1978. Photograph, edition 1 of 5, 13 3/4 x 19 11/16 in. (35 x 50 cm). Courtesy Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery. ©Marie Orensanz.
Want to see even more PST: LA/LA?
This weekend, September 23-34, 2017, the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College is participating along with other PST: LA/LA exhibitors in a special South Bay/Long Beach Hub (SB/LB Hub) art tour. All the organizations will connect via a hop on/off complimentary shuttle bus service and free admission. You can chart your art journey with a free South Bay & Long Beach Shuttle Art Tour Passport booklet, just pick it up when you view Talking To Action at the gallery and continue your art journey on the bus!
In addition to the shuttle bus tour, Cog•nate Collective invites the public to their MICA (Mobile Institute for Citizenship + Art) trailer located outside Ben Maltz Gallery as part of the exhibition Talking to Action, to make song dedications to fellow citizens, to the polis, to produce a zine + playlist compilation that will reside within the MICA trailer. Leaf through and pick your dedication from a selection of love songs that speak to our collective affective ties and the dissonance/resonance that exist between members of our Alta/Baja California border region. This special event runs September 23, from 11am-2pm.