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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.


Susan Barnet: 2005-06 Faculty Development Grant Report


Mario's Furniture, a collaboration by S.E. Barnet and Hillary Mushkin with programmer Clay Chaplin and electronics specialist Lorin Parker

Thanks to the support of Otis, the Mushkin-Barnet project Mario's Furniture will be exhibited at Telic Arts Exchange on Chung King Road in Los Angeles from October 28 through Dec 2, 2006. The project could not have been realized without the funding that allowed us to complete the crucial technical aspects of wireless interactivity and vision recognition programming.

At summer’s end 2005 we were invited to turn the Bolsky Gallery in the Galef Fine Arts building into an arts laboratory. The Bolsky became a workspace for developing our interactive project. We began to work on the video recognition programming as well as test out sensors for the wireless technology. Being within the Otis community allowed constant access to an eager and interested audience, an essential part of our trials.

In the fall of 2005 Mario’s Furniture was in residence at The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. At this point the game was far enough along, thanks to our stay at the Bolsky, to be able to invite curators to take a look at the work. After their initial visit, Telic Arts Exchange invited us to exhibit Mario’s Furniture at their space. (see Press Release [PDF])

One of the best aspects of the exhibition of Mario’s Furniture at Telic is the additional events schedule. The gallery curators have asked us to host events throughout the duration of the exhibition that will afford us an opportunity to contextualize the project through guest speakers, screenings, and the presentation of other artwork.

Finally, in the coming months UK publishers Intellect Books’ new volume on video games and art will be available. This work includes Art theorist/critic M.A. Greenstein’s essay on Mario’s Furniture.

--Susan Barnet
Fine Arts

Images of Mario's Furniture in the Bolsky Gallery, 2005:

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