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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 2008

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.

Press Release  /  Slideshow  /  Videos: Artist walk through / Time-lapse Video of Installation (YouTube videos)


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.

Press Release  /  Slideshow


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

Press Release  /  Slideshow


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.

Press Release  /  Slideshow  /  Videos: Artist Walk-thru / Artist Lecture


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

Press Release  /  Slideshow  /  Videos: Artist Walk-thru / Demonstration by Shaolin Monk