Fred Fisher is a legendary architect (literally and figuratively) of L.A. modernism who has throughout his career in steel, glass, and concrete also kept up a painting practice. In recent years especially he's been letting his art flag fly, with a series of exhibitions of paintings and drawings of remarkable elegance, simplicity and geometrical poetry. His prolific output of visual art addresses fundamental, even classical, modes of defining positive, negative, and expressive space. But in the end, what an architect really wants to do is direct the realization of a physical structure in the world. Having erected the Galef Center for the Arts at the Otis College campus 10 years ago, Fisher and Otis now honor its anniversary with a new project that ties it all together. For Frederick Fisher: The Circle and the Square, Fisher has constructed a 142-foot circle in homage to the footprint of Rome's Pantheon, which has been superimposed on the outside of the Galef building, and which reflects the particular loveliness of architectural ruins, bringing the worlds of ancient, modern and art history into play. If any of this leaves you with questions, you can ask them in person at a special exhibition tour and lecture with Fisher on Saturday, July 23. Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Sat., June 25, 4 p.m., 2011