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Otis College of Art and Design to Present Exhibition
MAKE:CRAFT
A Group Exhibition Highligh ting the Current DIY Spirit in Art and Craft

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\nis the Otis 2009 Donghia Designer-in-Residence in the Architecture/Lands cape/Interiors Department\n

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Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present the exhibi tion MAKE:CRAFT\, to be held October 2 through Decembe r 4\, 2010 at Ben Maltz Gallery. A public opening reception takes pl ace Saturday\, October 2\, 4-6pm\, with a performance by Mark Newport and m usic by Crank Ensemble.

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Artists in the exhibition: Kim Abeles\, Jo nah Brucker-Cohen\, Frau Fiber\, Garnet Hertz\, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperat ive\, Seth Kinmont\, Liza Lou\, David Prince\, Mark Newport\, Alyce Santoro \, Shada/Jahn (Steve Shada and Marisa Jahn)\, Eddo Stern.

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Inspired by the cultural currents represented in the popular magazines MAKE and CRAF T published out of Northern California\, MAKE:CRAFT includes contemporary artists who combine handmaking and building techniques to crea te\, engineer and hack unique\, mostly functional devices\, objects\, machi nes and accessories\; making either a sociopolitical statement\, creating n ew markets for individual styled products\, or creating inventive ways to e xperience the tactile world\, non-virtual\, the “real.”

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The exhibitio n is guest curated by Patricia Watts\, founder and west coast curator of ec oartspace\, who feels that recent trends in the DIY (Do-It-Yourself) moveme nt of making and crafting have empowered contemporary artists and designers to create more socially relevant work that supports sustainable communitie s.

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Kim Abeles creates a new site-specific install ation inspired by her ongoing project frugalworld\, which includes o ne of her early projects completed while living in a converted silo in Ohio \, a hand illustrated book entitled Crafts\, Cookery\, and Country Livin g (1976).

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Jonah Brucker-Cohen instal ls an updated version of Crank The Web (2001-)\, a hand powered Inte rnet tool combining simple automation and current telecommunications techno logy that allows you to crank your own bandwidth.

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Fr au Fiber itinerant textile worker and CEO of KO Enterprises: indefin itely young apparel production will present a participatory pedal power ed sewing factory knocking off Forever 21 fashions in the Los Angeles area powered by consumers.

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Garnet Hertz intro duces OutRun\, a video game concept car that renders the real world as a 1986 video game\, which Hertz will personally demonstrate by driving o utdoors on Saturday\, November 6.

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Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative debuts their new 2010 portfolio entitled RESOURCED w ith 26 prints addressing issues of resource extraction and climate.

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Seth Kinmont presents a series of built by hand vehicles as sculpture including models for three variations on mid-19th ce ntury European and American coaches\, one that has been built as a self-dri ven hearse and electric car\; and his most recent addition\, a wooden elect ric motorbike entitled Dollar.

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Liza Lou\, LA’s “Queen of Beads\,” includes her work Loo (2006)\, a beaded urin al or simple bathroom fixture transformed into a provocative work of art an d homage to Marcel Duchamp.

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David Prince ’s craftsman persona\, The Lumberjack\, will inhabit the gallery at select times\, giving demonstrations of carving simple necessities out of w ood such as toothpicks.

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Mark Newport wil l perform his crime fighter knitting at the opening reception and will disp lay eight of his Superhero Costumes\, including his own creations such as < i>Naftaman (2008) and Argyleman (2007).

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Alyce Santoro\, inventor of Sonic Fabric\, a textile woven from audiocassette tapes\, presents a dress that can be listened to using a jury -rigged Walkman\, along with five “philosoprops\,” or ritual headgear piece s that engage the brain as transmitter-receiver\, what Santoro defines as s ubtle reality technology.

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Shada/Jahn (Steve Shada and Marisa Jahn) investigate engine block cooking in Commuter Cookout (2008) a mapped drive of inter-county commuting\, and Thanks giving Dinner in 5 Seconds (2009)\, both addressing energy harvesting a nd notions of efficiency.

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Eddo Stern pre sents his latest iteration of the sensory deprivation computer game entitle d Dark Game (2008- )\, including multi-player stations and updated h eadgear.

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And\, a special musical performance at the open ing reception by Crank Ensemble\, including Bay Area artists using h andmade and hand cranked instruments\, conducted by Larnie Fox.

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Pa tricia Watts is founder and west coast curator of ecoartspace\, a nonprofit providing a platform for artists addressing environmental issue s since 1999. She has curated over 50 exhibitions\, written curricula\, giv en lectures internationally and more recently has been involved in the prom otion and selection of artists for public art and ecology projects. She was Chief Curator at the Sonoma County Museum from 2005-2008 where she curated Hybrid Fields a group exhibition of artists addressing our food sys tems. Watts is currently working on a statewide multi-venue international e xhibition in New Mexico for 2012 entitled Getting Off the Planet.

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Events and Workshops:

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Saturday\, October 2\, 4-6pm\, Opening Reception\, Free\n

Opening reception with a performance by Mark Newport and music b y Crank Ensemble.

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Saturday\, October 16\, 1-4pm\, Workshop\, Free

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Frau Fiber presents Sewing Rebellion : Art of Mending 101

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Reservations and info: 310 846 2579 or ptighe@otis.edu

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Saturday\, October 23\, 9am-Noon\, Workshop\, $6 5

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E-Crafting Workshop with Syuzi Pakhchyan

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Electronic crafting using conductive threads and fabrics to ma ke interactive\, quirky\, and fashionable objects. Registration and info: C ontinuing Education 310 665 6850\, otisce@otis.edu

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Saturday\, November 6\, 11 am\, Tour\, Free

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Gallery tour with curator Patricia Watts and OutRun demonstration by Garnet Hertz followed by a no-host lunch at a local eatery.

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< span style="font-size: small\;">Additional support for artist installations provided by the following: Creative Capital\, California State University Los Angeles College of Arts and Letters and College of Engineering\, Durfee Foundation\, Institute for Software Research at University of California I rvine\, and the National Science Foundation.

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