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Erik Otto x VSCO Artist Initiative

August 29th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Hey all… I am excited to announce that my next big show is now less than 1 month away! In partnership with the VSCO Artist Initiative, the past few months I have been sketching, designing, planning, building, painting, and creating new work that will combine all my talents to bring something special to the city of San Francisco. The result, a pop-up solo show featuring paintings, sculptures, video projection, and a site-specific installation that will host DJs and one special guest musical performance.

The vision comes to life for one night September 25, 2014. Full details and how you can RSVP for the event coming soon.

More info on the project here >>

in the works.

July 28th, 2014 · Uncategorized

I recently partnered with VSCO and their new Artist Iniative to produce a pop-up solo exhibition consisting of paintings and light sculptures all set within a massive site-specific installation featuring a live musical performance. It’s more like a dream project than anything else. Coming soon to San Francisco. Stay tuned for details in the upcoming weeks.

For now, here’s a few photos that sum up a little of what I have been up to so far. All courtesy of my VSCO grid.

Bay Area Now 7 @ YBCA / SF

June 11th, 2014 · Uncategorized

I am extremely proud to announce that I will be participating in the next Bay Area Now exhibition at YBCA in San Francisco.

This highly anticipated exhibition only happens every three years, and from the words of YBCA, “BAN7‘s core idea is to decentralize the curatorial process, and centralize the public presentation of some of the most exciting artistic voices in the region today.”

Look for my work along with Aaron Bray, Kristin Farr, Jeff Meadows, Marc Kate, Brian Tester, and Lori Gordon in the Adobe Books Backroom Gallery curated space.

opens: July 18
on view: July 18 – October 5, 2014

More info >>

SPACE//SQUARED @ White Walls Gallery / SF

May 8th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Hey all. There’s a pretty cool group show opening up this Saturday over at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco. Guest curated by Sven Davis with a strong line up of talented artists from around the world who have all created work that is 10 x 10 inches. Definitely a good chance to pick up some affordable art. See you there!

More info >>

Mental Shift
acrylic, spray paint and pencil on panel

10 x 10 in.

for purchase, inquire within >>


Conscious Drift — screen print

April 23rd, 2014 · Uncategorized

In conjunction with my latest art adventure in Vancouver that resulted in a site-specific installation and a series of works created on paper, I repurposed some of the same visual elements from the show to produce an all new screen print I think you will enjoy.

I have been studying a lot of material about the idea of transcendence for mental clarity and this image is direct influence of that. It symbolizes separating ourselves from a physical reality that can be static and limiting to achieve a new sense of freedom enriched with possibilities.

Conscious Drift

5-color screen print on Arches 88 watercolor paper
18 x 24 in.
signed edition of 50

Produced in collaboration with: Burrard Arts Foundation


In Search Of — PHOTOS

April 22nd, 2014 · Uncategorized

From Mexico to Canada, I can proudly say I have now made work in every country in the North American continent. Thank You to the folks at the Burrard Arts Foundation in Vancouver BC for hosting me the past 3 weeks to make work for the inaugural opening of their impressive new gallery & work space along with my exhibition, In Search Of, consisting of a site-specific installation, mixed media edition on paper, and screen print release.

My camera had a hard time capturing the mood of the space, but here’s a few shots of the final work on display.

Conscious Drift (installation view)

Conscious Drift
ink, spray paint, acrylic, and 3-color screen print on Arches 88 watercolor paper mounted on panel
30 x 37 in.
signed edition of 6

to purchase, inquire within >>

In Search Of  (site-specific installation)
reclaimed wood, spray paint, acrylic, mirrors, and neon

12 x 11 x 8 ft.

(photo: @missyshana)

(photo: @burrardarts)

Private commission piece for the BAF Collection.

still searching.

April 10th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Hey all. Just  a reminder that I am currently in Vancouver BC wrapping up a show that opens tomorrow night at the all new Burrard Arts Foundation. More details below. Here’s a few pics from my trip so far.

In Search Of @ Burrard Arts Foundation / Vancouver BC

April 7th, 2014 · Uncategorized

I was recently invited to come to Vancouver BC to participate in their near on-site studio program. The days are flying by and we open to the public this Friday. If you live in the area, be sure to swing on by.

“In Search Of”
paper works, site-specific installation & print release

opens: April 11 @ 7pm
on view: April 11 – June 14, 2014

Burrard Arts Foundation
108 East Broadway
Vancouver BC

video work.

March 26th, 2014 · Uncategorized

I am fortunate to be surrounded by talented people in my life who always have projects of their own and I recently had the opportunity to lend a creative hand to help make the following come to life.


Collaborative Art Direction on a creative marketing campaign for album release.

2. Evil Eyes – “Keep Your Mind on Me

Prop Design & Fabrication for collaborative Music Video project.
more >> Brilliant Champions // Evil Eyes

Grand Hyatt SF — video

March 20th, 2014 · Uncategorized

The full video is here! Watch the 18-minute documentary about the creation of seven large-scale works for the Grand Hyatt in Union Square San Francisco. Artists David Choong Lee, Mario Mars-1 Martinez, Damon Soule, Ursula X Young, Reuben Rude, and myself all had the honor to paint our largest works to date via a commission for Luna Rienne Gallery.