Otis Laboratory Press ~ California
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Otis.edu: “Otis Laboratory Press is a fully functioning letterpress studio with four Vandercook proof presses and over 200 fonts. Established in 1984 by Sheila de Brettville as part of the Communication Arts Department, the Lab Press has a rich history of small edition book publishing, continuing to introduce generations of Otis students to the origins of typography and the notion of the book as a visual communications medium. Conceived as a laboratory for aesthetic exploration and a place for practical production, the Lab Press is an integral part of the graphic design curriculum. It provides a key link between traditional tools and digital media.”
Artists’ books by Otis Laboratory Press  
One Must Return
By Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez
Los Angeles: Otis Laboratory Press, 2013. Edition of 100.

12 x 18" letterpress printed broadside. Numbered and signed by the three artists.

Collaboration of Homeboy Industries artists Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu, and Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez with Otis Lab Press. Mash-up of drawings turned into a polymer printing plate, four pass collaborative printing.

Printed on the occasion of the exhibition "Bridging Homeboy Industries: Fabian Debora, Alex Kizu, and Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, curated by Annie Buckley (MFA’03) for the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.

The Artists:

Fabian Debora, artslant.com: “Born in El Paso, Tx. and raised in Boyle Heights, Ca., Fabian Debora has been creating art since his childhood. Beginning his art career in 1995 as a member of the East Los Angeles Streetscapers, Fabian was mentored by many Chicano artists and muralists and was introduced a creative expression in all forms, from graffiti to murals to sketching and fine art painting. Over the years Fabian has created murals throughout East Los Angeles and continued to develop his style through work on canvass. He has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, including Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Kansas City.

"Fabian is currently a counselor and mentor at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles and works in collaboration with OTIS College of Design as a liaison between community artists in Boyle Heights and students in the classroom."

Alex Kizu, HPM-Project: "As a founding member of the respected crews K2S, STN & KGB, Alex "DEFER" Kizu has been an integral part of the Los Angeles street art scene since the mid-1980s. He is well known for his expertise in rendering beautifully complex letter-form.

"Interviews and work by Kizu have been included in a number of esteemed compendiums of graffiti art – a testament to Alex Kizu’s artistic stature in the realm of Los Angeles street art. Whether it’s the LA-centric graffiti book, Graffiti LA by Steve Grody, or the national scope covered in the recently released The History of American Graffiti by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon, Kizu’s influence on the visual language found in the City of Angels cannot be overlooked."

Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez: "Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez is an artist that combines graffiti art, sculpture, and oil based paintings to create a fresh cultural expression. A native of Mexicali, Mexico, Juan Carlos has over 20 years of artistic experience. Prior to relocating to the United States, Juan Carlos began his artistic endeavors as child by creating sculptures with clay from his native Mexico. His creative talents were eventually influenced by the urban landscape of Los Angeles.

"Upon moving to Los Angeles, he and his family settled in the Pico Aliso Housing Development in Boyle Heights, where he was introduced to the process of creating aerosol-based murals. Juan Carlos began creating a series of spontaneous murals he calls 'Urban Hidden Literature' more commonly known as graffiti art. His artistic talents led to his first official commission in 1991 with Homeboy Industries. Juan Carlos has since been commissioned to paint five additional murals throughout the County of Los Angeles."


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