Mark Dean Veca: Phantasmagoria
October 11 - December 6, 2008
Mark Dean Veca was the Fall 2008 Jennifer Howard Coleman Distinguished Lecturer and Resident (JHCDLR) in the Fine Arts Department at Otis from September 20 -November 14, 2008. Veca's solo exhibition introduced a new large-scale site-specific painting installation. A catalogue documenting the exhibition and residency will be available in Spring 2009. An internationally acclaimed artist and Otis alumnus (Fine Arts, 1985), Veca worked with students and conducted one-on-one critiques with senior and graduate level painting students, and presented a free public lecture about his work during his residency.
LOOKY SEE: A Summer Show
July 26-September 13, 2008
This large group show features inspired work by 29 artists who draw, cut, film, pin, perforate, perform, and journal. Work selected by Meg Linton, Director of the Ben Maltz Gallery and Public Programs, and Curatorial Intern Nina Laurinolli, from dozens of studio and gallery visits and lengthy reviews of artists' materials over a one-year period. The exhibition offers a mixture of representational and abstract work by a multi-generational group of dynamic artists. Artists in the exhibition: Emily Araújo, Eric Beltz, Barbara Berk, Joe Biel, Sandow Birk ('89), Ann Diener, Roy Dowell, Erin Marie Dunn, Erica Eyres, Iva Gueorguieva, Penelope Gottlieb, Richard Keely and Anna O'Cain, Takehito Koganezawa, Dimitri Kozyrev, Tucker Neel ('07), Claudia Nieto, Aaron Noble, Chris Oatey ('06), Ruby Osorio, Ebony G. Patterson, Ronald R. Santos ('01), Mindy Shapero, Fran Siegel, Coleen Sterritt ('79), Fred Stonehouse, Randall Thurston, Elizabeth Turk, Xawery Wolski.
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Two Madmen: The Art of Clive Barker and Myron Dyal
June 24 – August 30, 2008
Clive Barker and Myron Dyal are two aritsts who have a similar fantastic vision of a seemingly dieabolical world that tehy are feverishly compelled to render. Their drawings, paintings, and sculptures illustrate alternate realms filled with archetypal figures and places that have littered human consciousness for centuries. Curated by Greg Escalante and Meg Linton. www.clivebarker.com / www.myrondyal.com
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Keith Puccinelli: The Wondercommon
April 19 – July 3, 2008
Solo exhibition of new body of work and installation by Southern California based artist Keith Puccinelli. The title of the exhibition, The Wondercommon, combines two seemingly opposite ideas into one and refers in part to the artist's use of common materials and tinkering techniques to evoke a sense of wonder or the wonderful.
Shaolin: Temple of Zen, Photographs by Justin Guariglia
February 2 – March 29, 2008
A photography exhibition based on the book of the same name by photographer Justin Guariglia published by Aperture that documents, for the first time in history, the exceptionally private warrior monks of the fifteen-hundred-year-old Shaolin Temple in the Henan province of China, renowned for its association with Zen Buddhism and martial arts. Comprised of 99 pieces, including 6 video installations, Shaolin: Temple of Zen brings to light the secretive society of the Chinese Buddhist sect dedicated to preserving a form of kung fu known as a "vehicle of Zen." Revealing the monks' devotional disciplines and capturing insightful portraits of the venerated warriors, the works offer an exclusive opportunity to explore the energy and spirit of Shaolin's unique practice. Artist website www.guariglia-chen.com