Made in L.A. 2012: In the Studio with Joel Otterson





The interactive transcript could not be loaded.



Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on May 30, 2012

Joel Otterson invited us to his studio in Lincoln Heights. In this video
he discusses decorative arts and shows us the work that is in the Made in
L.A. exhibition, which can be seen at the Hammer Museum.

Joel Otterson (b. 1959 Los Angeles) is fascinated by the American
proclivity to mix styles and genres. Deploying an impressive array of
mediums, materials, and methods of fabrication, he pays particular
attention to the spaces we live in. His recent quilts, furniture, and
objets d'art mix an earnest and adept pursuit of craft with a playful
queer sensibility that leads us to consider how both personal and shared
experiences inform our aesthetics. Otterson's hanging soft quilt is made
from dozens of found fabrics pieced together using a technique taught to
him by his mother. This vibrant textile collage suggests affinities with
feminine codes, feminist practices, and queer subjectivity. The softness
of the form is one extreme in his arsenal, while hard ceramic and concrete
blocks form the ground of another. Inspired by the geometries of overhead
shots in Busby Berkeley's films, each snowflake Hawaiian-style block in
Otterson¹s elaborate 'hard quilt' references a different location or
aspect of Los Angeles‹from the tall palm trees to the boys walking along
Santa Monica Boulevard. His arrangements of lamps, vases, and figurines on
embellished end tables refer us back to the domestic space, which he
reveals as a site of enormous creativity.

  • Category

  • License

    • Standard YouTube License


When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next

to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...