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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.


Pacific Garbage Patch Project

This thesis project (2009) reinforces the significance of design in our daily lives while addressing a much larger global, man-made issue, which has been called the “Pacific Garbage Patch.”
In this two-part thesis project, the designer first researched the physical composition and impact of a large floating island made of trash that circulates around the Pacific Ocean. This island is caused by our “throw away culture” that is unaware of the long-term life cycle of the material that is thrown away and the effects it has on our oceans and the earth’s ecosystem.

The second part of the project was to respond to this issue by providing a solution through design in the creation of a chair that uses 100% post consumer material, the same material that might end up in the “Pacific Garbage Patch.”

The thesis not only creates a greater awareness of the “Pacific Garbage Patch” issue but also provides an alternative solution through design to the problem of re-cycling and re-purposing what we dispose of in a more thoughtful and efficient way.

Antonia Martinez is a recent graduate in Product Design. She believes that, “By aligning our lives with natural processes, we can transition into a higher quality of life without sacrificing culture."

Design Strategy [PDF]