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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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Shaolin: Temple of Zen

MEDIA RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September, 2007  
Media contact: Kathy MacPherson, galleryinfo@otis.edu, 310.665.6909. Images available

Shaolin: Temple of Zen exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery, 2/2-3/30/08

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The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present the exhibition 
 
Shaolin: Temple of Zen
Photographs by Justin Guariglia  
February 2 – March 31, 2008 
Public Reception: Saturday, February 2, 5-7pm  
 
Shaolin: Temple of Zen is a photography exhibition based on the book of the same name by photographer Justin Guariglia published by Aperture. The exhibition premieres at the Ben Maltz Gallery on Saturday, February 2, 2007 with a public reception from 5-7pm that includes a walk-through with the photographer as well as a kung fu demonstration by a Shaolin monk. On view through March 31, this exhibition and publication are organized by the Aperture foundation, a not-for-profit organization devoted to photography and the visual arts, and presented at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.

 

Shaolin: Temple of Zen is an exhibition and publication 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. Comprising 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 the “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.

Guariglia’s work explores the nature of ‘qi’ (pronounced chee), the concept of a universal energy, as well as the themes of ritual, spirituality, and Eastern philosophies through still photography and video. Carmen Winant of Philadelphia Weekly asserts that “the imagery simultaneously seethes with energy and casts a meditative silence. It evokes both the ancient and the contemporary.”  
 
A student in China in the mid 90’s, Guariglia took an interest in Daoist and Buddhist philosophies, spending eight years studying the mystery behind the Shaolin art form, which is recognized primarily through pop culture films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He earned the trust of the Shaolin monks to create a compassionate record of the art form and those who are the keepers of these traditions. Notably, Guariglia’s publication features a foreword written by the Abbot of the Shaolin Temple, Shi Yong Xin. 

Justin Guariglia 
Guariglia was born in Livingston, New Jersey in 1974 and lived and worked in Asia for almost a decade before returning to live in New York City in 2006. He is a Contributing Editor to National Geographic Traveler Magazine and has worked for Smithsonian and Newsweek.  Guariglia was nominated for the International Center of Photography’s Young Photographer Infinity Award, received an Eddie Adams Workshop award, and was named one of the top “30 Young Photographers under 30” by Photo District News. In 2003, Guariglia began collaborating with artist Zoe Chen, previously a fashion designer for Issey Miyake. Their recent works are gelatin silver print composite pieces and videos comprised of Guariglia’s photographs of the Shaolin monks. www.guariglia-chen.com

Location: Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 
Admission and Parking: Free. Visitor parking in structure on La Tijera. 
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-7pm. Closed Sun, Mon, and major holidays
Gallery Office Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-7pm 
Information: 310.665.6905, galleryinfo@otis.edu, archive.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery
Gallery Tours: 310.665.6909 to schedule tours for school, museum or other groups.

 

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Left to Right: Photographer Justin Guariglia; Cover of  Shaolin: Temple of Zen (Aperture, October 2007) by Justin Guariglia; Shi Yan Lang, Tong Jian Quan (Through the Shoulder Fist), Justin Guariglia from Shaolin: Temple of Zen (Aperture, October 2007); Shi Yan Xian (Small Hong Fist), Justin Guariglia from Shaolin: Temple of Zen (Aperture, October 2007). 
Top: Wenseng monk Shi Yong Ji, Justin Guariglia from Shaolin: Temple of Zen (Aperture, October 2007)

 

About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
 
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.