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  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • 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. 

  • 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).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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Christina Liang: Storytelling for the New Era

The Group Scholarship Awardee for Digital Media

Since its founding in 1972, The Group has worked to fund scholarships for deserving students of Otis College of Art and Design. The awardees met with members of The Group and presented examples of their work at The Group's Annual Scholarship Luncheon on February 16, 2017. One student from each of the seven undergraduate disciplines is chosen for the scholarship, and each week, we'll be highlighting a different awardee as we countdown to the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. 

A senior in the Digital Media program at Otis College, Christina Liang turned her childhood love of doodling into a passion for storytelling in the commercial and advertising world. Through her concentration in motion graphics design and animation she was able to find a place for her ideas and illustration background in an exciting and collaborative industry. 

"I have always loved illustration because it allowed me to hold on to a part of my youth, which is what I feel is the charm of illustrations," wrote Christina. "I love the way that illustration can come in so many styles, be born from different influences, and each is so individual and stylized, telling a little bit about the artist without the need for any words. I started off with traditional mediums to create my illustrations, but after coming to Otis, I was introduced to motion graphics and started to pick up various programs to digitize my artwork. Even though it was difficult at times, I was driven by the challenge of creative problem-solving." Christina talked to us about pushing yourself creatively, collaborating with other designers, and the importance of learning from your mistakes, watch the video and read the Q&A below.

 

 

What do you love about Digital Media?

I think my favorite part about digital media would have to be all the people. The students and the faculty made the four years here super memorable. All the hours spent working alongside your friends, and the times the instructors would give me advice and help me find opportunities, it’s priceless.

 

What is something that you learned at Otis that you will take with you throughout your career?

One of the most important lessons I have learned going to Otis is how important it is to be a team player. In the real world, the industry is composed of groups of artists and designers, and they work together to achieve their common goal. Otis gave ample opportunities for us to work together and it has taught me how to work efficiently and effectively with others.

 

Christina Liang

 

Which class or project most surprised you?

As of now, a class that surprised me was "20 in 30" taught by Steve Viola. I was pretty overwhelmed because I was a senior and that class made me realize that I still had a lot to learn. It was extremely fast-paced with a heavy workload and required some camera work, which I didn’t have much experience with. Although I can’t say I completely owned this class, it is a good experience to push ourselves.

 

Christina Liang

 

How do you handle creative block?

There are two ways I handle a creative block. One, I either will spend the next few hours just looking for references and images or videos until something gives me an idea, or I will step away and go do something else and come back with fresh eyes. This usually does the trick. If not, I will just try to jump in and usually by doing this, I figure out what I don’t want to do, so it helps me narrow down and hone in on what I do want.

 

Describe a collaboration you’ve worked on with other students. How did working with them inform your creative process?

I had done a C4D mnemonic advertisement with my peer. We sorted out each others' strengths and worked accordingly and I think that made for a successful outcome. Since my C4D knowledge was not as refined as hers, I came up with a concept and storyboarded it out. She began to model the scene and characters and animated it. I went on to creating assets for the end tag and animated that as well. It was important that we effectively communicated constantly to stay on task.

 

Christina Liang

 

What internships have you done and what was your biggest takeaway from the experience?

I interned at two places last summer, MPC and Buster Design. They were both different in that one was more fast-paced, busy, and less intimate, and the other was more relaxed and friendly. My biggest takeaway is that it is okay to mess up as an intern, nobody expects you to be perfect as long as you learn from your mistakes. Even when you just start working in the industry, people are forgiving as long as you are genuine.

 

Christina Liang

 

What is your advice to incoming students as they start down the path to a creative career?

To incoming students, I would tell them that their experience is going to be as good as they make it. No success comes without hard work and patience. I think it is also very important for students to be up to date with what is going on in the industry and to know who is in the industry.

 

See more 2017 The Group Scholarship awardee profiles.

 

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