Multimedia Exhibition Deftly Bridges the Divide Between Hand and Mind at Otis College of Art and Design

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Intellect and beauty coalesce, highlighting both technical precision and spiritual transcendence in “Meticulosity”, a group show at Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery, April 28 – July 7, 2012.

Fusing visual statements with devotion to detailed craft, “Meticulosity,” a multimedia exhibition at Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery, features the work of eleven Southern California-based artists and three poets who work in a variety of different formats: sculpture, painting, digital media, photography, video, textiles, and installation.

Artists: Tanya Batura, Hilary Brace, Eileen Cowin, Linda Hudson, Gegam Kacherian, Otis Alumnus Sandeep Mukherjee (Fine Arts '96), Ross Rudel, Linda Stark, Arthur Taussig, Elizabeth Turk, Samira Yamin. Poets: Graduate Writing Faculty members Guy Bennett, Dennis Phillips, and Martha Ronk.

The title “Meticulosity” references both the technical/formal approach of the artists and the spiritual focus of their creative efforts -- their tenacity and continuity. The premise for “Meticulosity” is that these artworks are created in a meditative mode, or through a trance-like process, and that the painstaking exactitude expressed by these works is intended for the viewer to perceive along with the work's conceptual values. We connect that visual meticulousness to a sense of the ineffable, or that which is beyond words, and to the meaning of beauty.

Our interest is in bridging the way in which the conceptual and the visual seem to have diverged. As curators, our self-appointed task was to avoid preclusions on either side of this divide. We are presenting exceptionally thoughtful artwork where the visual acuity is as important as the originating idea, and have selected a variety of genres to underscore the plurality of our point of view.

  • Co-curators Meg Linton and John David O'Brien

Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times art critic, calls “Meticulosity” “a meeting of the mind and spirit.” In her review, Ollman writes, “The increasing academization of the art world and the shift, among many artists, to a practice that involves actions outside the studio rather than objects made within it, have reinforced that notion of divergence: beauty headed in one direction, brains another. Either/Or. "Meticulosity" makes a case for And.”

This project is sponsored in part by the Otis Board of Governors, and supported in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance.

April 28 – July 7, 2012 at Ben Maltz Gallery
Curators: Meg Linton and John David O'Brien
Poets selected by Graduate Writing Chair Paul Vangelisti

The Ben Maltz Gallery is located at the Otis College of Art and Design Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus on the 1st floor of the Bronya Galef Center for Fine Arts - 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Admission and Parking: free
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Thursday 10am-7pm,
Closed Sunday-Monday, May 26-28, July 4
Gallery Contact Information: (310) 665-6905, galleryinfo(at)otis(dot)edu

Events in Conjunction with the exhibition, all free and open to the public:
June 9, 11am: Tour of exhibition with the curators and artists
June 16, 2pm: Poetry reading by Guy Bennett, Martha Ronk, and Dennis Philips

Offered through Otis Continuing Education; for more info and how to register, contact: 310.665.6850, otisce(at)otis(dot)edu,

Introduction to Woodcarving with Ross Rudel – 8 Saturdays, June 2 – August 4, 2-6pm
Paper Cutting with Samira Yamin – 1 Sunday, June 3, 10am-1pm
Writing for Artists with Samira Yamin – 10 Saturdays, June 2 – August 4, 10am-1pm

An Exhibition Catalogue, available June 2012, features an essay by co-curators Meg Linton and John David O’Brien; full-color reproductions of the artwork in the exhibition; and a poem each by Guy Bennett, Dennis Phillips, and Martha Ronk.

About Otis College of Art and Design
Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at

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Hilary Brace - Untitled (#09i), 2010, Charcoal on polyester film, 6 x 8 inches Courtesy Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CATanya Batura - Achromic B, 2011,Clay, acrylic, wood pedestal, 21 x 18 1/2 x 14 inches Courtesy Western Project, Los AngelesElizabeth Turk - Cage: Will & Intention 2, 2012, Marble and green quartzite, 9 x 18 x 7 inches Lent by the artistOtis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA