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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

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    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

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Otis Float at the 4th of July Westchester Parade

For the second time, Otis’ Creative Action class “Whose Puppet? Multiculturalism, Puppetry, and The Parade” is designing, fabricating, and presenting a float to the Westchester Fourth of July Parade on Saturday, July 4, 2015. 

The class has made puppets for members of the Otis community who would like to join - students, faculty, staff, friends, and family are all invited.

As the students reflected on this years’ parade theme, “American Beach Party,” a rusty pipe burst in the ocean off of Santa Barbara, causing toxic oil to blacken the ocean and beaches from Santa Barbara to Orange County.  Birds, fish, dolphins, crustaceans, mollusks, and sea plants were destroyed.

The Creative Action class entry for the parade entitled “Whose Puppet?” addresses issues of climate change, ocean pollution, and oil spills, while posing the questions, “Who is pulling the strings, and making decisions that jeopardize our American Beach Parties and our planet?  Is Earth hanging on a string?”

“Making a bold statement gives [the art] more of a purpose since we’re voicing our opinions on these issues,” says Digital Media student Bri Alden (‘15).

Using 99 percent biodegradable, reused, and recycled materials, the class of Otis undergraduate and continuing education students constructed fish, bird, and people puppets, as well as a 16’ papier-mâché mobile hand, dangling a world puppet on a string.

The first half of the summer course was devoted to learning about the history of puppetry in different cultures and meeting with puppeteers in diverse fields from the entertainment industry to experimental performance art.

“Puppets have been used as the mouthpiece and entertainment for people for centuries, saying things and conveying ideas people didn’t always feel comfortable expressing,” says instructor Robin Murez.

Within the public art experience, students have found many rewarding aspects. Digital Media senior Astrid Georges (‘16) says she loves performing as characters, making objects to perform with, and figuring out how to make them work.

The class is also collaborative in nature, often resulting in a “creative explosion” from brainstorming and working with other students and the community, according to Digital Media student Elizabeth Gottlieb (‘15).

She adds, “I’m mostly a 2D artist, so there’s been a bit of a learning curve, but now I get real-world physics more.”

One of the major benefits of the experience, says Murez, is that the course teaches students an interesting artform that is a combination of storytelling, performance, cultural history, collaboration, object-making, and music.

“The students can have a taste of it, come back, and learn it more fully later in their lives,” says Murez.

 

For RSVPs and inquiries, please email mtecle@otis.edu.

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