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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Gallery Summer Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm | Thu 10am-7pm | Sat 12-4pm | Closed Sun & Mon
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Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal

April 11 - July 25, 2015  |  Press Release
Closing Event: Saturday July 25, 7pm, Free
Trials and Troubles: A Night of Songs and Stories with Tom Brosseau, Rachel Kushner, and Benjamin Weissman
Acclaimed authors Rachel Kushner (Telex from Cuba, The Flamethrowers) and Benjamin Weissman (Dear Dead Person, Headless) read from their new work, joined by North Dakota musician and storyteller Tom Brosseau (Grass Punks, Perfect Abandon) singing murder ballads and other folk tales.

Drawn from a single private European collection, the exhibition Dusk to Dusk presents thirty-two powerful and haunting works of painting, photography, sculpture, and video by twenty-eight renowned contemporary artists who examine issues of individual isolation, political repression, and collective ennui in the decline of the industrial age. Ruud van Empel and Hideaki Kawashima summon primal anxieties of the body double and removable skin, made more relevant by the rise of virtual, second lives. Gilbert & George, Erwin Wurm, Laura Ford, and Almagul Menlibayeva deploy psychological references to the individual in a society of global displacement, liminal sexualities, and political casualties. Edward Burtynsky and Aristarkh Chernyshev show technology misused, warped, and left in ruins, mocking our technocratic hubris. While others, such as Matt Calderwood, Huma Bhabha, Matthew Day Jackson, and Tony Cragg, among others, take a more abstract approach, expressing a need for balance and intimacy in the ever-expanding human experience. Together, these artists provide a glimpse into what it means to be an individual during the transition from the twentieth to the twenty-first century, allowing viewers to reflect on past mistakes while reveling in progressive poetics. Each work in this international selection of renowned contemporary artists rewards the viewer with a compelling encounter that will haunt them in the best way imaginable.

Artists in the exhibition: James Aldridge, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Edward Burtynsky, Matt Calderwood, Aristarkh Chernyshev, Tony Cragg, Salvador Dali, Desiree Dolron, Marcel Dzama, Laura Ford, Gilbert & George, Matthew Day Jackson, Hideaki Kawashima, Tianbing Li, Richard Long, Jie Luo, Jonathan Meese, Almagul Menlibayeva, Erwin Olaf, Hans Op de Beeck, Yang Shaobin, Anouk Steketee, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ruud van Empel, Levi van Veluw, Anne Wenzel, Erwin Wurm.

Dusk to Dusk was organized by the Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University, curated by Richard Rinehart, Director of the Samek Art Museum, with works generously loaned from THE EKARD COLLECTION. The exhibition is toured by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.
 


The Nature of Personal Reality
 

Erin Watson, Sausage, 2014, Inkjet print, 20 x 30 inches

The Nature of Personal Reality

June 27 – September 1, 2015  |  Press Release

A group exhibition based on creating reality and the human need for connection and creation.

Artists in the exhibition:
Ashton Allen (MFA ‘16), Tada Asatoorian (BFA ‘17), Amanda Benefiel (MFA ‘16), Jeanette Degollado (MFA-Public Practice ‘16), Margarethe Drexel (MFA-Public Practice ‘16), Gerry Fialka & Mark X Farina (MFA-Public Practice ‘16), Ivett Godoy (BFA ‘16), Dakota Raine Higgins (BFA ‘17), Zac Roach (MFA ‘16), Regine Rode (MFA ‘16), Gabriel Rojas (BFA ‘16), and Erin Watson (BFA ’16).

The essence of what it is to be human, the flesh and the body, and the wonder of existence is profound. Western philosophers followed the Cartesian dualistic approach to understanding reason by separating mind from body. Despite the influence of Eastern philosophies, the feminist revolution, and everything in between, this notion of rationalism heavily influences our culture. In today’s world, where we find ourselves laden with human affects and effects, with seemingly inescapable military industrialization, and both human and natural disasters, it is hard to tell if we, as a human race, are truly evolving. Our approach is often solely based on past events in a time and space that our conscious minds can recollect; a battle, a response, a fight, a reaction, and the science of the moment seems to be leaving the body altogether.  

In 1974 Jane Roberts wrote The Nature of Personal Reality: A Seth Book, in which the non-physical entity known as Seth states, “You make your own reality. There is no other rule. Knowing this is the secret of creativity.” The artists in this exhibition explore boundaries of reality, investigate new ways of understanding the domestic body, and express the need to feel something intimate and vital.