Otis Ben Maltz Gallery & LMU Laband Gallery: Tapping the Third Realm

September 22 - December 8, 2013

LMU's Laband Art Gallery and the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design presented a large group exhibition, Tapping the Third Realm which included the work of thirty-four artists who deal with ideas of spirituality through four main avenues: conjuring, communication, collaboration and chance. It explores how artists tap into another dimension, whether it be a place of spirits, ideas of heaven, or the collective unconscious. Elements of magic, witchcraft, and profound attention or intuition are evident in the artists' creative processes. In this collection of work there are portals to the spirit world, communications with the dead, spells manifested in glass, prayers as drawings, potions as paintings, and dreams transformed into sculpture. This exhibition was curated by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design and Carolyn Peter, Director and Curator, Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University.

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Loyola Marymount University and Otis College of Art and Design presented a series of exhibitions, performances, talks, rituals, workshops, and more that explore dimensions of the supernatural.

Opening Reception – Fall Equinox Celebration
Sunday, September 22
OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery 3pm-5pm / LMU Laband Art Gallery 4pm-6pm
Meet the artists and join us for a ritual art performance by the Mythic Players, sponsored by Temple of the Goddess, directed by Xia and Ananda at 3:15pm (OTIS) and 4:45pm (LMU).

Gallery Talk by British artist Chris Bucklow and New Zealand artist Dane Mitchell
Tuesday, September 24, 12:15pm-1:15pm
LMU Laband Art Gallery
Learn first hand about the realms that Bucklow and Mitchell tap into through their artistic practices with a walk through the Laband. This event is generously sponsored by LMU's College of Communication and Fine Arts Visiting Artists and Lectures Series.

A Literary Evening with Author Alicia Gaspar de Alba
Wednesday, October 16, 6pm
LMU William H. Hannon Library, Von der Ahe Suite, 3rd Floor
RSVP 310.338.5234 or library.lmu.edu/rsvp
Alicia Gaspar de Alba reads from her book Calligraphy of the Witch (2012) followed by a conversation with Tapping the Third Realm curators Meg Linton and Carolyn Peter. This event is co-sponsored by LMU's William H. Hannon Library, Laband Art Gallery, Chicana/o Studies, and Chicano Latino Student Services, and OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery.

Full Moon Event I: The Summoning – a site specific theatrical performance
Friday, October 18, 7-9pm
Under the direction of Professor Kevin Wetmore, LMU Theatre Arts students perform a site-specific Renaissance-inspired work at LMU's Laband Art Gallery and lead the audience on a spiritual and physical journey to the OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery. Program begins at LMU at 7pm and finishes at OTIS by 9pm.

Exploration of the Labyrinth with artist Linda Ekstrom
Saturday, November 9, 2pm
Artist Linda Ekstrom shares the history of the labyrinth as a tool for meditation and prayer. Meet at the Playa Vista Labyrinth designed by Beth Thielen at Crescent Park at 2pm. Afterwards join curators Meg Linton and Carolyn Peter for a tour of Tapping the Third Realm at LMU's Laband Art Gallery and OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery.

Tapping the Third Realm with Artist Ruth Ann Anderson: Creating an Artist Book
Saturday, November 16, 9am-4pm
OTIS Ahmanson Hall, 1st Floor Check-in
A workshop focused on accessing your spiritual self through the creation of a handmade artist book. Explore a spiritual approach to art-making including use of self-reflection, transformation, and the cyclical nature of the full moon. Class materials included. To register: 310.665.6950 or www.otis.edu/ce [Reg #25401 / non-credit]

Full Moon Event II: The Atomic Priesthood
Sunday, November 17, 4pm-6pm
Starts at OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery
Join New York based artist Bryan McGovern Wilson on a journey from the Ben Maltz Gallery to the Laband Art Gallery filled with obstacles and devotion led by an Atomic Priest and overseen by the moon. The Atomic Priesthood is an ongoing, multidisciplinary art project that draws from the unique history and conditions of nuclear waste management. This ritual/performance is steeped in ecological stewardship, advocacy, and strategies for deep-time communication. Program begins at OTIS at 4pm and finishes at LMU by 6pm. Dress for the late afternoon weather and wear walking shoes.

Closing Reception for Tapping the Third Realm
Sunday, December 8, 12pm-4pm
OTIS Ben Maltz Gallery and LMU's Laband Art Gallery
Artist Amanda Yates Garcia is the City Oracle ready to answer questions at LMU while at OTIS Annie Buckley offers a brief history and readings from her new project "The People's Tarot" and Guru Rugu hosts the experimental meditation center of los angeles for a closing ceremony of group realm-tapping.