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  • 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.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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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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