Events
  • Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.

     

    This week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm is Welcome to the Haunted Boulevard. Join DJ Platinum (Grace Potter) and DJ Batsy (Jessi Hita) for a journey of the folklores, urban legends, and paranormal encounters from different cultures. 

     

    Listen online at KLMU.

  • Creative Action and the Otis Community Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.

     

  • Mexican artist Yoshua Okón’s videos blur the lines between documentary, reality, and fiction. He collaborates closely with his actors (often amateurs who are also the subjects of the work) to create sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances.
  • Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California.

  • Gallery 169 will be hosting the Otis College of Art and Design Communication Arts Graphic Design Junior Show, "5328," displaying a selection of work made over the five thousand twenty eight hours that make up the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Work will include collected posters, publications, and typographic projects.
  • Clay, Body is a solo exhibition from artist Sydney Aubert: Unapologetically fat, crass, and sexual, a ceramics artist who also works in video, and whatever other materials arouse her in the moment. Exhibition will be on view from Monday, April 24 - Friday, April 28 at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design. On view by appointment only, please contact the artist at sydney.aubert@gmail.com Reception: Thursday, April 27 | 6pm-9pm Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

  • Audrey Wollen is a feminist theorist and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Wollen uses social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, as platforms for her work on Sad Girl Theory, a theory which posits that internalized female sadness can be used as a radical and political action, separate from masculinized forms of protests such as anger and violence. She introduces this form of protest as an alternative to masculinized anger and violence.

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Alumna Melanie Abrantes' Woodwork in the San Francisco Chronicle

Product Design Alumna Melanie Abrantes ('12) is determined to disrupt the notion that wood is rough, linear and unforgiving.

Melanie Abrantes Pairs Woodwork with Cork

By Sophia Markoulakis
Oakland woodworker Melanie Abrantes is determined to disrupt the notion that wood is rough, linear and unforgiving.
 

“When I studied product design at Otis, we were exposed to several different mediums, and I fell in love with wood,” Abrantes says, referring to Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. “It is a natural source and is so malleable even though it’s so hard. I love the grain, the color and the fact that I have no choice with what nature gives me.”

Her Wood & Cork Collection ($48-$300) debuted earlier this month at New York Now, the city’s twice-a-year trade-only home and lifestyle exhibition, where she hopes to capture the attention of retailers looking for handmade products.
 

Launched in 2014, Abrantes’ design business (www.melanieabrantes.com) started with a curvaceous cake stand that caught the eye of bloggers and fellow designers. Since then she has expanded her collection to include her other love — cork — and hopes to elevate its status beyond wine stoppers and pinning boards.
 
“Growing up I spent summers in Portugal visiting my grandparents, and cork is used there the same way we use wood here,” she says. “There are so many amazing qualities about cork that many don’t know about. It’s strong, porous and antibacterial.”
 
Included in the new collection are candlesticks, bowls and planters. “The planters are a great alternative to ceramic. I’ve been testing them and noticed that the cork absorbs the water and slowly nurtures the plants.” The canisters in the collection were inspired by commissioned pieces for San Francisco restaurant Seed + Salt. “Once I completed those pieces, I realized I wanted to create my own series of them.”
 
Abrantes achieves her trademark rounded designs by manually and mechanically “turning” hand-picked domestic wood and imported Portuguese cork from raw blocks into smooth and voluptuous pieces. “Maybe because I’m a woman, I’m drawn to these more feminine forms, which is also a contrast to what people think of when they think of woodworkers.”
 
Available at Pippa & Co., 2544 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda; Crimson, 470 49th St., Oakland; Aggregate Supply, 806 Valencia St., San Francisco; and at www.melanieabrantes.com.
 
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