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  • A temporary gallery store featuring alumni artists and designers, curated by Robert Apodaca, Owner, Fifth Floor Gallery.

     

    Reception for Alumni and Friends of Otis
    July 25, 3-5pm
    RSVP Required

  • Trials and Troubles

    Jul 25| Special Event
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    Rachel Kushner, Benjamin Weissman, Tom Brosseau; Marcel Dzama, Welcome to the Land of the Bat, 2008 (detail)

    Saturday July 25, 7pm, Free
    Trials and Troubles: A Night of Songs and Stories with Tom Brosseau, Rachel Kushner, and Benjamin Weissman

  • 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.

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Ruben Ochoa

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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. Ochoa made a mobile art gallery from his family’s old tortilla van, CLASS: C (2001–05) (above).

He brings concrete and dirt into museums (Whitney Biennal, 2008, at left) and conversely covers freeway barriers and infrastructure with wallpaper and large-scale digital prints (Extracted, 2006). In 2008, Ochoa was awarded a prestigous Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2010, he created a site-specific installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

“Ochoa’s work critiques class boundaries determined by these borders in his rejection of traditionally exclusionary exhibition styles. [He] juxtaposes refinement with grit, as did Walter De Maria and environmental sculptors like Edward Kienholz. Increasingly Ochoa studies areas where nature buttresses itself against annihilation, a cultural metaphor lending hope and vivacity to his work.” (Whitney 2008 Biennial)

Susanne Vielmetter Projects
lecture at Otis (Youtube)