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Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books

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An exhibition at Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery

Binding Desires Press Release


Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books, an exhibition at Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery, displays important works from the Otis Artists Book collection, one of the largest in Southern California.

LOS ANGELES, CA – October, 2013 – The Ben Maltz Gallery is proud to announce the upcoming exhibition, Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books, on view from January 25 – March 30, 2014.

Binding Desire: Unfolding Artists Books is 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 OTIS 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 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.

Binding Desire is organized by the Ben Maltz Gallery with the curatorial council of the following OTIS staff and faculty: Cathy Chambers, Assistant Director of the Library; Rebecca Chamlee, Associate Professor in Book Arts; Linda Dare, OTIS Lab Press Manager; Jeseca Dawson, 2012-14 Curatorial Fellow; Nancy Jo Haselbacher, Associate Professor in Communication Arts; Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions; Sue Maberry, Director of the Library and Instructional Technology; Barbara Maloutas, Associate Chair, Communication Arts; and JT Steiny, Senior Lecturer in Illustration. Additional project advisors and partners include Guy Bennett, Professor in OTIS Liberal Arts and Sciences and Grad Writing; Sheldon Forbes, OTIS Library Resource Specialist, Kathleen Walkup, Professor and Book Art Program Head, Mills College, CA; and artist Susan E. King. This project is funded in part by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and campus project partners include OTIS Millard Sheets Library, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Lab Press, Communication Arts and Continuing Education.

Press Release (pdf) |  Video Walk-through narrated by curators Cathy Chambers and Meg Linton, and Kathleen Walkup, Head of the Book Art Program at Mills College
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

PUBLIC PROGRAMS Unless noted, all programs are open to the public for free, and take place at the OTIS Goldsmith Campus, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Saturday, January 25, 4pm-6pm, Free
Opening reception

Saturday, February 1, 9:30am-4:30pm, $99
Binding Desire: A One-day Workshop with book artist Rebecca Chamlee
In this one-day workshop, each student creates a variety of simple book structures, making up to eight handmade books: single sheet book, explosion fold book, Turkish map fold book, accordion books with pockets and signatures variations, pamphlet chapbook, Japanese stab bound book and soft cover long-stitch book. You will go home with many books and the skills to make more. Students of all skill levels are welcome, and all tools and supplies along with comprehensive handouts will be provided.
To register or find more related classes: or 310 665 6950
[Reg# 15433/ non-credit]

Thursday, February 13, 11am-4pm, Free, North Parking Lot
OTIS Steamroller Festival of Big Ass Prints

Wednesday, February 26, 7PM, Free
Pie In The Sky Poets
A reading of poetry selected from the progressive West Coast artist book press, Pie In the Sky Press

Sunday, March 2, 1pm-4pm, Free with Reservation
Book It! Symposium and Demonstration
Sarah Bryant, David Bunn, Rebecca Chamlee, Barbara Maloutas, and Kathleen Walkup

For more information about these classes: or 310 665 6950. To register: 310 665 6950.

Digital Letterpress with Gerald Lange
10 Saturdays, February 1 – April 12, 1:30-4:30pm
Reg# 15230 (Non-credit) $395
Reg# 15231 (Certificate Credit) $430
Reg# 15232 (College Credit, 1.0) $1250

Illustrating Children’s Books with Deborah Norse Lattimore
10 Mondays, February 3 – April 21, 7pm-10pm
Reg# 15402 (Non-credit) $395
Reg# 15431 (Certificate Credit) $430
Reg#15432 (College Credit, 1.0) $1250

Introduction to Bookbinding with Rebecca Chamlee
10 Tuesdays, February 4 – April 15, 7-10pm
Reg# 15236 (Non-credit) $395
Reg# 15237 (Certificate Credit) $430
Reg# 15238 (College Credit, 1.0) $1250

The Pointed Pen: Spencerian with De Ann Singh
4 Tuesdays, February 4 – February 25, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Reg# 15435 (Non-credit) $99

Italic Lettering with De Ann Singh
4 Tuesdays, March 4 – April 1, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Reg# 15434 (Non-credit) $99

Introduction to Letterpress with Gerald Lange
10 Thursdays, February 6 – April 17, 7-10pm
Reg# 15227 (Non-credit) $395
Reg#15228 (Certificate Credit) $430
Reg# 15229 (College Credit, 1.0) $1250

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