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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.


Curricular Connections: Tapping the Third Realm Exhibition

Tapping the Third Realm

Tapping the Third Realm
September 22 – December 8, 2013

An exhibition spanning two galleries and college campuses exploring the spiritual, metaphysical and alchemical in contemporary art.

The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS) and the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) are pleased to present an exhibition of contemporary art entitled Tapping the Third Realm on view September 22 through December 8, 2013. Opening reception takes place on the fall equinox, Sunday, September 22, 3pm-6pm (3pm-5pm OTIS; 4pm-6pm LMU) followed by three months of related exhibition programming.

A large group exhibition, Tapping the Third Realm presents the work of thirty-four artists who deal with ideas of spirituality through four main avenues: conjuring, communication, collaboration and chance. It explores how artists tap into another dimension, whether it be a place of spirits, ideas of heaven, or the collective unconscious. Elements of magic, witchcraft, and profound attention or intuition are evident in the artists’ creative processes. In this collection of work there are portals to the spirit world, communications with the dead, spells manifested in glass, prayers as drawings, potions as paintings, and dreams transformed into sculpture. This exhibition is curated by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design and Carolyn Peter, Director and Curator, Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University.

Artists in the Exhibition: Ruth Ann Anderson, Annie Buckley, Christopher Bucklow, John Cage, Linda Ekstrom, Clodagh Emoe, Amanda Yates Garcia, Cliff Garten, Cheri Gaulke, Zach Harris, Philip Havice, Alicia Henry, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Kyle August Lind, David Lloyd, Dane Mitchell, Christina Ondrus, Naida Osline, Sohan Qadri, Ron Regé, Jr., Ross Rudel, Liza Ryan, Betye Saar, Marie Schoeff, Kenzi Shiokava, Linda Stark, Andrés Torres-Vives, Dani Tull, Linda Vallejo, Anne Walsh and Chris Kubick, Bryan McGovern Wilson, Tom Wudl, Rebecca Tull Yates

Ruth Ann Anderson
ArtScene Article

Annie Buckley
Essay by Phung Huynh

Christopher Bucklow
Digital Camera Magazine Interview

John Cage
Los Angeles Times Article
John Cage – Water Walk
John Cage playing amplified cacti and plant materials with a feather

Linda Ekstrom
The Altered Bibles of Linda Ekstrom

Clodagh Emoe
Portrait of Space
Metaphysical Longings IV

Amanda Yates Garcia
Another Righteous Transfer – Blog – February 1, 2013

Cliff Garten
Cliff Garten Public Art

Cheri Gaulke
Excerpt of Gloria Orenstein's class at USC 's Multimedia Across the College Program entitled Women in Art and Literature

Zach Harris
Artforum Article

Philip Havice
MOMENTS: Poetic Reflections, a book by Philip S. Havice on Blurb

Alicia Henry
MyDayWith, a project by photographer Mark Tucker
Intimacy and Peace at Music City Center

Gilah Yelin Hirsch
Cosmography Trailer
Otis Presents Pioneers of the Feminist Art Movement

Kyle August Lind
Interview - Part 1
Interview - Part 2

David Lloyd
LA Weekly Article

Dane Mitchell
Pop-Up Talk from Liverpool Biennial

Christina Ondrus
Receptive Visualizer for Seeing With the Mind’s Eye
KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory

Naida Osline
Inland Empire Weekly Article
Riverside Art Museum

Sohan Qadri
The SEER: Sohan Qadri short documentary
Report on artist Sohan Qadri's show, The Still Centre

Ron Regé, Jr.
Cartoonist Ron Regé, Jr. talks to Gazeta Comics

Ross Rudel
Jack Shainman Gallery
The Dakota Day

Liza Ryan
Kayne Griffin Corcoran presents Liza Ryan

Betye Saar
Netropolitan Artsconversations – Interview with Betye Saar

Marie Schoeff
Santa Barbara Independent Article

Kenzi Shiokava
Stremmel Gallery

Linda Stark
Los Angeles Times Review

Andrés Torres-Vives
Book of the Border Trailer

Dani Tull
“Levitational 4”
The Archaic Revival at Las Cienegas Projects

Linda Vallejo Linda Vallejo on Dia De Los Muertos
Latinopia Art, Linda Vallejo by Barrio Dog Productions Inc.

Anne Walsh and Chris Kubick
Room Tone, 2007
Chris Kubick + Anne Walsh at UTSA

Bryan McGovern Wilson
Cumbrian Alchemy: Certum est quia impossibile est*

Tom Wudl
LA Louver

Rebecca Tull Yates
Los Angeles Magazine