Confluence by Erik Otto

Confluence

Paintings by Erik Otto seen at Center for Advancement of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn - Confluence
Paintings by Erik Otto seen at Center for Advancement of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn - ConfluencePaintings by Erik Otto seen at Center for Advancement of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn - ConfluencePaintings by Erik Otto seen at Center for Advancement of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn - Confluence
“Multiple brush strokes and loose line work inspired by the movement of water converge and spread across the picture plane giving the feeling of being suspended in water itself.” synthetic polymer, enamel and aerosol on canvas 60 x 48 in. / 152 x 122 cm. 2018 WAVES Solo Exhibition: Fall 2019 / NYC Expressing the understanding of instability and uncertainty through patience and resilience, this work is about an outlook of acceptance as a means of moving forward. Known as the force behind all living things, this recent work explores the many symbolic qualities of water through nonlinear landscapes flooded with movement and free of boundaries. Compositions immersed with emotive strokes — pushing, pulling, pouring and taking shape depict the balance of turbulent and serene. The circular form, a signature motif representing the notion that life is both coming and going, emerges and recedes from view similar to the shifts in passing seasons. Heavily layered, this work incorporates pools of color, fluid washes and rippling patterns contrasted by large expressive marks produced almost incidentally. Seeing imperfection as a catalyst for change, the different painted elements ebb and flow respectively in equal force reflecting moments of a transformative process. One chapter of a larger idea with an open-ended finish line, this initial phase has helped cultivate a new visual language directly influenced by the equilibrial nature of water that examines a moment of flux to a powerful time of growth.

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