Otis’ Associate Professor of Painting, Holly Tempo has a spacious home studio set in the heart of Inglewood. Inside one room of the studio, the walls are filled with her recent abstract paintings from her Heat Wave series. Theses colorful canvases each hold animated shapes that delight the eyes with their metallic hues. Each piece was given a distinct title referencing their representation of some of the best and worst moments of city living; some of which were inspired by Tempo’s encounters on her daily dog walks. Colors often found on the street, such as bright orange and yellow sign and construction colors, find themselves into her paintings as well. Tempo’s most recent work is a large piece full of graffiti references, including the cover-up paint blocks applied to cover tagging.