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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.


Past Exhibitions 2005

Step into Liquid: Jane Callister, Pia Fries, James Hayward, Michael Reafsnyder, David Reed
Guest Curator: Dave Hickey
December 3, 2005 - January 28, 2006

In post-war American abstraction, wet became the new deep. The idea of wetness became a primary metaphor for a whole manner of painting in which the fluidity of the surface provides the narrativity once provided by pictorial depth. Since most wet painting in recent years has been in the figurative idiom, Guest Curator Dave Hickey revisits this tradition of abstraction in some of its current manifestations in Southern California where the language of liquidity has its own iconography.

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Shahzia Sikander: Dissonance to Detour
September 24 - November 12, 2005

Solo exhibition features new paintings, video animation, and a wall mural by the internationally acclaimed artist Shahzia Sikander, the inaugural honoree of the Jennifer Howard Coleman Distinguished Lectureship and Residency at OTIS, created in partnership with The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation to honor the memory of Jennifer Howard Coleman.  www.shahziasikander.com

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Standards of Reality: Five Artists from Barcelona
Martí Anson, Carles Congost, Pep Duran, Mabel Palacín, Tere Recarens
A video lounge selected by Ferran Barenblit, Director, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona
June 22 - July 30, 2005

In this Los Angeles debut exhibition, the curator reunites the video work of five artists from Barcelona who have exhibited at the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica in Barcelona (CASM) as part of the institution’s mission to support new work by local and international artists. Mr. Barenblit’s selection reflects on three primary themes he consistently finds in the work of so many contemporary artists: the continuous critique of reality and its underlying inherent contradictions; the power of the moving image in contemporary culture; and the role of the individual in a conflicted society.

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Cruise and Destroy: The Imagination of Fat Mark Bikes
June 4 - July 23, 2005  Galef 107

New low-rider bicycles designed and created by Fat Mark Kaake and his crew of collaborators: Jim Muir, CR Stecyk, Opie Ortiz, Swankone, Justin Reynolds, Steve Fawley, Marco Saiz, Josh Knight, and Skully.
Fat Mark scours vintage-bike swap meets across the U.S. for parts and collaborates with artists to do special paintwork on the converted bikes. With the support of his mentor and legendary Dogtown photographer Craig Stecyk, he has developed a signature style and a creative network of talented artists to help him articulate his aesthetic vision.

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Robert Williams: Through Prehensile Eyes
May 14 - July 30, 2005

Solo show by Robert Williams, godfather of the Low Brow art movement in Southern California and creator of Juxtapoz magazine. The exhibition features approximately 45 paintings from 1979-present with related sketches and ephemera, and two of his custom hotrods. It is curated by Meg Linton and funded in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance and Juxtapoz Magazine.

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Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US
February 12 - April 23, 2005
Curated by Dan Mills and Xiaoze Xie
Exhibition organized by Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University

Large group show focusing on the work of twenty-six artists who reside in China or who received their training and started their careers in China but reside in the U.S. While work in this large survey is conceptually and materially diverse and wide-ranging, the artists share some thematic concerns.

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