Erik Otto: From One Place To The Next
21 September - 7 October, 2017
Thursday - Sunday, 10:00am - 6:00pm
384 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Opening Reception: Thursday, 21 September, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Short Film Screening: Thursday, 28 September, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Artist Talk + Closing Party: Thursday, 5 October, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Recent artworks inspired by a time of transition.
Otto decided to relocate from San Francisco to New York City and was compelled to make a body of work in the moments prior, during, and immediately after this time of transition. He travelled seven cities in seven weeks releasing new work at the start of his trip while creating and adding more along the way.
What we believe to be true creates our reality. Through our individual experiences we develop our unique perspectives. Yet, like turning on a light in a dimly lit room, so easily those perspectives can alter. Additionally, we each possess the power to change our perspectives to see beauty in the struggle or even accept the darkest of times as meaningful moments of growth. So much of our lives seem to be based on our perspective…yet things aren’t always what they seem. What we see is often the result of the way we see.
At the start of 2016, I unveiled a shift in my artistic vision while introducing new mediums, techniques, and color combinations influenced by my research of human vision and the psychology behind visual art. Being someone with an extreme case of nearsightedness, I have always been curious about eyesight and how our thoughts are affected by what we see. In my latest body of work, I go beyond vision in the physical sense to examine the power of perspective and it’s influence on our perception of reality. As we live in a time of increasing uncertainty, I can’t help be afflicted by the overload of information that points us to every outcome. Rather than allowing confusion to settle in, I am choosing to focus on cultivating my perspective into a positive one while letting go of the things I can’t control. Producing the work itself has become heavily cathartic while the results remain open and void of recognizable form leaving the viewer to make their own conclusions based on their own experience.
This project is supported in part by a space grant from chashama.