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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.


Soo Kim: 2009-10 Faculty Development Grant Report


In Fall 2009, I received a Faculty Development Grant in support of an exhibition of photographic work and a video, made in collaboration with junior high and high school students from Marlborough School in Los Angeles.

The project starts with ideas of the "faraway" -- of landscapes remembered or imagined, of looking and seeing, fictional places, ideas of home, the panorama, remoteness and closeness -- as described in literature, film, visual art, music and other sources. Throughout the year, I've met with studens and worked with them to develop their writing and photographic work of their interpretation of the faraway.

I've worked with the students in generating photographs of landscapes that manifest their ideas of the faraway. We then cut into those photographs, a characteristic of my own work, to open up the narrative of the photographs to different possibilities and insert the extraordinary within the everyday. Lastly, I use the students' writing, their texts about the faraway, as the voiceover for a video that will accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition, scheduled for May-June 2010, will be msade up of landscape photographs made by the students, portraits of the students that I make, and a video piece.

--Soo Kim
FIne Arts

Read Interim Report [PDF]