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 - Confluence

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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Meet the Creator

Erik Otto is an American mixed-media artist working in the creative disciplines of painting, sculpture and installation. Otto has held exhibitions nationally in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington DC and internationally in Vancouver, Mexico City, and Berlin. He was selected for the SF Recology Artist-in-Residence Program, received the VSCO Artist Initiative Grant, and produced work for YBCA Bay Area Now 7. He currently has work held in the private collections of the Grand Hyatt, Microsoft, LinkedIn, One Medical Group, and Uber Technologies. Known to take life-changing risks, Otto once self-initiated a 6-month artist residency in Mexico City that resulted in a solo exhibition in an abandoned building just prior to its demolition.

Otto was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, currently based in New York City, with studios in Brooklyn, NY and San Francisco, CA