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Zeal Harris' ‘Home Remedies For Driving While Black’

Zeal Harris' ('07 MFA) new solo exhibition Home Remedies for Driving While Black addresses police violence through the lens of interpersonal relationships.

"The art is sometimes autobiographical or biographical as three of the artworks are about men that I personally knew, whose lives were lost while in police custody," says Harris. "The compositions are careful in their effort to offer anti-iconographic storytelling that puts rich human character back onto victims made into cold statistics."

'Los Angeles Times': Polly Apfelbaum's fallen paintings and beads of devotion...

Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2016

"A secular chapel might seem an impossible contradiction in terms — an unsustainable union of worldliness and divinity. The mystery of mortality doesn’t merge easily with the empirical here-and-now.

Alumnus Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia Unveils New Mural in La Jolla

Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia’s ('07 MFA Painting) mural, Demos Gracias, is a vibrant expression of gratitude and optimism. The title, Demos Gracias, translates to a call for thanksgiving. A golden sunburst emanates throughout the composition and creates a warm and lively glow, which transcends the image into a heavenly space above.

New York Times Interviews Alumnus John Baldessari

LOS ANGELES — Having taught many generations of Los Angeles artists, John Baldessari ('58 MFA Fine Arts) proudly displays a few of their creations on the walls of his large studio in Venice. One piece, by Analia Saban, consists of white paper cleverly made to look like a stained gym towel.

Huffington Post Features Alumnus Sandow Birk

Southern California has a thriving and eclectic fine arts scene, and the husband-wife team of painter Sandow Birk ('88 Fine Arts) and ceramicist Elyse Pignolet are two of the region's finest visual artists. Birk and Pignolet are notable for capturing the zeitgeist of California and the nation in clever and unique ways. Birk's In Smog and Thunder: The Great War of the Californias, which exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum in 2000 and Sonoma Art Museum in 2001, depicts an imaginary war between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Performing the Grid Exhibition Featured in Argonaut

From Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary minimalist designs, the grid has been a tool artists use to organize space, time, composition and performance.

But what does it mean to perform on parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines?

The Otis College of Art and Design exhibit “Performing the Grid” explores how various artists — conceptual artist Bruce Nauman for one, choreographer Lucinda Childs for another — have used this compositional tool to inform their creative practices.

Alumnus Ruben Ochoa

Ochoa ('97)'s work typically makes use of basic building materials such as rebar, and crosses disciplines of sculpture, installation and photography. He often references Los Angeles, dealing with tensions between social class,culture, urban architecture and nature, and notions of containment and transgression.

Alumnus Sandeep Mukherjee

Born in India and based in Los Angeles, Mukherjee ('96) has exhibited at UCLA's Hammer Museum, Pomona College's Museum of Art, Pitzer College, MOCA/L.A., Margo Leavin, and Brennan & Griffin, N.Y.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Miles Huston

Miles Huston lives and works in New York.  With an MFA from Yale University and an MA from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Huston's practice includes drawing and installation. Learn more about the artist here.

Headlines

  • Kelley Mogilka and Mason Williams
    How Two Artists Found Love and Community at Otis College’s L.A. Summer Residency
    February 14
  • 2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy Launch
    ACLU’s Amir Whitaker and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Help Present 2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy
    February 14
  • How Otis College’s Prime Los Angeles Location Impacted Senior Justus Morschauser
    February 13

Visiting Artist Lecture: Alex Israel

The work of Alex Israel is deeply entwined with his hometown of Los Angeles. The artist creates art that riffs on Hollywood culture and the cult of celebrity. His first major body of work consisted of rented studio props, transformed into readymades by their placement in the gallery—some blatantly obvious in their artificiality. He gave celebrities the same treatment in the video series “As It Lays”, video portraits based on campy TV talk shows.

Headlines

  • Kelley Mogilka and Mason Williams
    How Two Artists Found Love and Community at Otis College’s L.A. Summer Residency
    February 14
  • 2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy Launch
    ACLU’s Amir Whitaker and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Help Present 2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy
    February 14
  • How Otis College’s Prime Los Angeles Location Impacted Senior Justus Morschauser
    February 13