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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 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