CHROMATHERAPY – Light and Color inspired Artworks by Erik Otto

From December 12 – January 23, 2020, American artist Erik Otto will have a split exhibition together with Liz Tran at San Francisco-based Heron Arts gallery. Due to the current situation of COVID-19, the show has been forced to go virtual with viewing appointments to follow. Anyway, once it’s safe to do so, they will have a physical opening with a live musical performance.

For this particular show, Erik Otto has created a body of work in response to the tumultuousness of 2020. Inspired by light and color, each artwork serves as an opportunity for solace and aspiration amidst uncertainty. CHROMATHERAPY will depict sculptural paintings of molded sand and plaster marked with gestural strokes and gradients, reminiscent of the sun’s daily rotation. Designed in collaboration with a fabricator in Brooklyn, streaks of soft, calming neon seem to guide the viewer. All of these artworks masterfully respond to their environment. In addition, Erik Otto used hits of silver flakes and glass beads folded into the coarse facades. These elements are dancing with the neon and the surrounding light.

“To animate the gallery space, Otto has created a site-specific installation of colorful hanging panels made with specialty film and activated by regenerative, ambient music composed by San Francisco music producer Connor O’Sullivan. Viewers can walk in between and around the panels, abstracting the wall hangings through a tinted veil and lighting. An installment of his Surface & Light series, Otto explores the insecurity of our current moment through these contrasting elements, resulting in work that celebrates this journey through chromatherapy, personal reflection, and reprieve.”

Below you can see some images of some of the artworks. For further information, please visit Erik Otto’s website or have a look at the gallery website.

CHROMATHERAPY - Light and Color inspired Artworks by Erik Otto
Chroma 01 sand, powdered marble, black magnum, silver flakes and neon on panel, 24 x 32 in. 2020
CHROMATHERAPY - Light and Color inspired Artworks by Erik Otto
Erik Otto in his studio.
CHROMATHERAPY - Light and Color inspired Artworks by Erik Otto
Distant Light 02 sand, powdered marble, black magnum, silver flakes and neon on panel, 24 x 32 in. 2020
CHROMATHERAPY - Light and Color inspired Artworks by Erik Otto
Pathways 01 enamel, powdered marble, aerosol and neon on 2 panels, 28 x 32 in. 2020
CHROMATHERAPY - Light and Color inspired Artworks by Erik Otto
Refuge 02 plaster, pigment, aerosol and neon on panel, 32 x 48 in. 2020
CHROMATHERAPY - Light and Color inspired Artworks by Erik Otto
Together Apart synthetic polymer, sand, plaster, pigment, aerosol and correctional tape on 6 panels, 60 x 40 in. 2020

All images © by Erik Otto. Do not hesitate to browse through our Art category to find other inspiring work created by artists from around the globe. In addition, we provide you with information on upcoming exhibitions and art-related events.

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