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  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Though Shila Khatami’s paintings make use of pop cultural references—sometimes the titles quote Blondie or Cyndi Lauper lyrics—her works are ultimately about the tradition and material possibilities of painting. As the base for these works, Khatami uses readymade or manufactured objects found in common hardware stores, such as smooth sheets of aluminum, fiberboards, pegboards, and phonic isolation foam. Her painting process includes a wide range of non-traditional tools, like rubber bands and masking tape, and methods such as rolling, dripping, and scoring.

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Patrick Jackson studied at San Francisco Art Institute (BFA) and the University of Southern California (MFA). In May 2017, Patrick Jackson will have a solo exhibition at The Wattis Institute, San Francisco.

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Robert Dobbie

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After his years at Otis Robert Dobbie ’01 (a.k.a. Rob Dob or Bob Dob) has built up a distinctly sardonic portfolio of work that has come to fruition in his new book, BOBDOB: Painting Collection Volume One, published by Murphy Design. (BOBDOB)

“What I loved most at first about Bob Dob’s style of painting was something that I didn’t even notice in the beginning,” says one reviewer, Reevo. “I was initially engrossed with his fine art styled oil paintings. The feeling is that the people in his images had a story to tell if only I could hear them from within the canvas.

“It wasn’t until some time later that I even noticed the characters in his paintings were cartoon-like. It’s something that I still can’t quite get my head around or explain. It seems obvious now, but at first they looked so real.

“There’s lots of anger, frustration, desperation and disappointment in the characters’ faces. There are a few semi-smiles within but these are associated with menace rather than happiness. I think this is one of Bob Dob’s greatest achievements as a painter actually: the way in which he constantly manages to get raw emotions across to the viewer in his paintings.”

Narrative humor with bleak, mundane or crazed imagery, and a discernible sense of truthfulness continue to be the defining characteristic of his illustrations. Dob works as a commercial artist for such clients as Aflac, American Airlines, Village Voice and ABC Family Channel.

Born and raised in Hermosa Beach, California, Bob now resides a stone’s throw away in Redondo Beach.

http://www.bobdob.com

 

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