Perfect Imbalance by Erik Otto

Perfect Imbalance

Paintings by Erik Otto seen at Center for Advancement of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn - Perfect Imbalance
Paintings by Erik Otto seen at Center for Advancement of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn - Perfect ImbalancePaintings by Erik Otto seen at Center for Advancement of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn - Perfect Imbalance
“Rarely does anyone ever achieve perfect balance...and when they do, it doesn’t last long. As circumstances change, so will your state of balance. Being consciously aware of your imbalance is what keeps us moving forward.” synthetic polymer, enamel, aerosol and correctional tape on panel 60 x 60 in. / 152 x 152 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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