Food – Water – Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta
August 16 – December 6, 2014
The sculptures, drawings, installations and videos by this French wife-husband duo, Lucy+Jorge Orta, collectively explore major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change and exchange among cultures. These models and machines constructed by the Ortas, suggest ways to purify, prepare and transport food and water, or launch a world-wide humanitarian effort. These humorous, jerrybuilt contraptions are poetic metaphors for these processes, and demonstrate the importance of art as a creative agent for awareness and change. This show is the first major traveling exhibition in the U.S. of the Ortas' work, and Ben Maltz Gallery its only West Coast venue.
British-born Lucy and Argentine-born Jorge, both with individual art practices, have been working in partnership since 2005 as Lucy + Jorge Orta, creating, producing, and assembling their artworks and large installations together with a team of artists, designers, architects, and craftsmen. They stage on-location workshops, ephemeral interventions, residencies and master classes which explore the crucial themes of the contemporary world: the community, autonomy, dwelling, migration, sustainable development, and recycling. www.studio-orta.com
Food - Water - Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta is organized by Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, and it is curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox (c2 | curatorsquared). The exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery was funded in part by the OTIS Board of Governors.
Slideshow | Press Release | Video (Banquet) | Curricular Connections (includes links to pdf of exhibition catalogue, essays, and more videos) | Exhibition Catalogue available at www.papress.com
Variations of a Whole
A group exhibition of student work from Otis College of Art and Design
June 28 - August 27, 2014
Press Release | Slideshow | Video (Live Music by The Small Steps)
Art school is a place where freedom of thought and self-expression flourish, where up-and-coming artists are given an opportunity to restructure codes and belief systems into their own culture. Variations of a Whole, curated by Otis alumna Jeseca Dawson (’12 Graduate Public Practice), combines the work of thirteen artists from both undergraduate and graduate programs in Fine Arts and Public Practice. The work is evidence of the students' exploration of ideas and materials, as well as their desire to manifest meaningful forms of self-expression. It exemplifies artists in the process of finding their own voice as they investigate identity, experimentation, social responsibility, art theory and the tension between human and natural production.
Artists in the exhibition: William Jon Bengtson (BFA Fine Arts), Alexia E. Bernal (BFA Fine Arts), Corinne Bernard (BFA Fine Arts), Derek Corns (BFA Fine Arts), Sean Cully (MFA Fine Arts), Janet E. Dandridge (MFA Fine Arts), Víctor Albarracín Llanos (MFA Public Practice), Laura Lindlief (BFA Fine Arts), Chelsea McCarthy (BFA Fine Arts), Angelica Sanchez (BFA Fine Arts), Yasmin Than (MFA Fine Arts), Rachel Wolfe (MFA Fine Arts), Carol Zou (MFA Public Practice)
Annetta Kapon, The Line Between Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, 2013
Eben Goff, Flood Cube, 2014
Mei Xian Qiu, Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom; Grand Canyon, 2010
Kohl King, I Fixed You, 2013
Kathryn Jacobi, Mortal Furniture #7, 2012
Nancy Jo Haselbacher, Borrowed, Mystery, Romance, and Knowledge, 2009-present
Juan Capistran and Hazel Mandujano, …my hobby is throwing stones (foolishness can move mountains), 2014
Numa Perrier, Skamokawa, 2006
Mara De Luca, Rubidoux, 2014
Kyungmi Shin, Color Blocks, 2010
Farrah Karapetian, Prone Position, 2013
Noel Korten, Alabama Hills VII, 2012
Joe Wolek, Stadium Seats, 2012
Soo Kim, (Clear as winter ice, this is your paradise), 2010
Lisa C. Soto, Interstellar Communications, 2013
Renée A. Fox, A Decadent Work, 2012
Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad | April 12 – July 27, 2014
Press Release | Slideshow | Curricular Connections | Freeway Studies Studio Visits Project Blog
Artists: Anna Ayeroff (‘10 Fine Arts), *Juan Capistran (‘99 Fine Arts), Miri Chais, Brian Chambers, Renée A. Fox (‘02 Fine Arts), Eben Goff, Todd Gray, Nancy Jo Haselbacher, Kathryn Jacobi, Annetta Kapon, *Farrah Karapetian, Soo Kim, Kohl King, Noel Korten, Mara De Luca, Hazel Mandujano ('10 Graduate Graphic Design) Michael Masenburg, Marina Moevs, Warren Neidich, Numa Perrier, Pam Posey, Mei Xian Qiu, Christina Sanchez (‘12 Graduate Public Practice) and Cayetano Juarez, Kyungmi Shin, Christopher Kent Schumaker, Luis Serrano (‘81 Graduate Fine Arts), Lisa C. Soto, Christopher Warner, Dana Weiser, and *Joe Wolek.
Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad featured the work of 31 contemporary artists whose studios were located within the borders of the I-405, 110, 10, and 105 freeways in Los Angeles. Over a six-month period the curators visited nearly 100 artists working (and often living) in the designated area and documented each visit for the project blog, which also includes documentation of the studio visits conducted in preparation for Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405 produced in 2013. Freeway Studies was a multi-year, contemporary art-focused curatorial project organized by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, with the assistance of Jeseca Dawson, 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow, at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.
A group exhibition featuring approximately 120 works from Otis Millard Sheets Library’s Special Collection of 2,100 artists books dating from the 1960s to the present. The Otis Artists‘ Book Collection is one of the largest in Southern California. It houses a wide range of works representing every genre of artists‘ books by such luminaries as Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, and Ed Ruscha, as well as significant works from major centers of production like Beau Geste Press, Paradise Press, Printed Matter, Red Fox Press, and Woman‘s Studio Workshop. A foundational strength of the collection is its holdings of artists books made in the 1960s and 1970s—a time when this material was often not collected by libraries because so much of it was hard to define, catalog and house. The exhibition also includes a reading room showcasing new work produced by students in the fall 2013 semester.
Work by: Kim Abeles, Sally Alatalo, Booklyn Artists Alliance, Ant Farm, Emily Artinian, Molly Barker, Michael Bartalos, Carol June Barton, Larry Bell, Barbara Bloom, Sarah Bryant, David Bunn, Chris Burden, Macy Chadwick, Rebecca Chamlee, Julie Chen, Laurie Whitehill Chong, C&C Press/Matt Cohen and Sher Zabaszkiewicz, Billy Collins, Critical Art Ensemble, Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Johanna Drucker, Mary Beth Edelson, Sam Erenberg, Carol Es, Daniel Essig, Eugene Feldman, Fly, Charles Henri Ford, Annette Gates, Cheri Gaulke, Amy Gerstler, Conrad Gleber, Fred Hagstrom, Karen Hanmer, Romano Hänni, George Herms, Dick Higgins, Tatana Kellner, Ronald King, Susan E. King, Ellen Knudson, Karen S. Kunc, Cynthia Lollis, Ken Leslie, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Margot Lovejoy, Sue Maberry, Barbara Maloutas, Cynthia Marsh, Scott McCarney, Paul McCarthy, Marshall McLuhan, Clifton Meador, Bruce Nauman, Katherine Ng, Bonnie Thompson Norman, Robert Oberhand, Dain Olsen, Lisa Onstad, Dennis Oppenheim, Laura Owens, Gary Panter, Werner Pfeiffer, Amy Pirkle, Arnoldo Pomodoro, Rachel Rosenthal, Sue Ann Robinson, Dieter Roth, Edward Ruscha, Niki de Saint Phalle, David Sandlin, Wilbur H. Schilling, Carolee Schneemann, Anat Shalev, Buzz Spector, Annie Sprinkle, Jana Sim, Alexis Smith, Jessica Spring, David Stairs, Gary Sweeney, Jennifer Tee, Barbara Tetenbaum, Beth Thielen, Fred Tomaselli, Rae Trujillo, Jeffrey Vallance, Paul Vangelisti, Kara Walker, Pamela S. Wood, J. Meejin Yoon, Philip Zimmermann, Marilyn Zornado.
Press Release | Video
Binding Desire Exhibition Catalogue: iBook (iBooks 250mb) PDF (43mb) Page Reader (pop-up)
Single-sheet artists books commissioned for the exhibition:
Hazel Mandujano Emphasis On Brief Moments of Intense Truths
Jenna Rodriguez Extinct
Bonnie Thompson Norman Freedom of the Press
Top image: Azusa: A Sequel, Paul Vangelisti and Rebecca Chamlee, Pie in the Sky Press, 2009