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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Joong Han Lee ’09 Product Design

Dec 16, 2013
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Spotlight Category: Alumni
Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, I left my parents at the age of 15 for America, where I did not only broaden my horizon, but also found my passion in design. After living for three years in the Pacific Northwest, I took Interstate 5 straight down to Southern California, where I studied at Otis. After four years in Los Angeles, training in the field of product design, a course that heavily focused on commercial design aspects, I decided to follow my ambitions and indulge my curiosity about what other ways design matters to me. Design Academy, Eindhoven, offered an alternative perspective on the design world. I wanted to venture out and see the broad design spectrum.
My first year in Eindhoven was an incredible journey, including establishing a global design network, traveling around Europe and, most importantly, learning to become a design entrepreneur. During my first year in Eindhoven, I became involved in the European design scene, collaborating with other designers in a group exhibition for Dutch Design Week 2009, which was featured on a Dutch news network. I assisted well-known designer Maarten Baas in his “real clock” project; and I participated in “The Great Indoors,” a workshop sponsored by *FRAME Magazine*, with designers such as Jurgen Bey, Alexander van Slobbe, Chris Kabel and Wieki Somers.
Back in Seoul, selected as 2010 World Design Capital by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, I not only visited my folks but also enjoyed different design exhibitions and fairs. I then flew to Los Angeles to reunite with my Otis friends before heading back to Eindhoven. As I booked my flights to these cities, the world seems smaller, and it feels great!