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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.


Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Alumnus Robert Apodaca

Dec 16, 2013
Fifth Floor Gallery, Chinatown
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Robert Apodaca (’03 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors), Owner of FIfth Floor Gallery
Opened in January of 2008, Fifth Floor is a hybrid art/design gallery in the heart of L.A.’s Chinatown. Owner Robert Apodaca’s background in architecture created a space that delights in mixing contemporary art and design. Work by varying artists, designers, and architects rotate through the exhibition areas every month to two months; all the while, a steady base of unique accessories, jewelry, furniture and design objects remain on display.  Many of these hand-made objects are available exclusively at Fifth Floor.

 The Gallery shows a wide range of work from painting and mixed media to furniture and even architectural exhibits.

Inspired by the creative possibilities within the intersections of art, design, and architecture, I wanted to create a space that reflected those ideas. We are interested in exploring the realms of both art and design and their multiple intersections. Often leaning heavily on tectonic and/or spatial notions, we believe that concept and craft should not be mutually exclusive. While not every exhibition is conceptually driven, they often explore socially relevant topics such as sustainable design and community issues.
Otis instilled in me the confidence that I could tackle any kind of design challenge that I was offered.

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