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Rising Tides.

September 15th, 2014 · Uncategorized

We are delighted to announce the very first VSCO® Artist Initiative event featuring the work of multidisciplinary artist Erik Otto. The one-night exhibition will take place at Heron Arts in the artist’s hometown of San Francisco.


“Rising Tides”
An immersive art experience

opens: September 25 @ 7pm
on view: September 25 – October 17, 2014

Heron Arts
7 Heron Street
San Francisco CA

RSVP >>

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Rising Tides will feature installations inspired by tension and change, as well as hope and creativity. Otto explains, “The economic climate in San Francisco makes it difficult to live a creative lifestyle. This is my way to find peace in the flow of it all. Consider the metaphor of the ocean as life. In order to adapt to these changes, I try to be like water, rather than drowning or struggling against it to stay afloat.” Adding to the immersive art experience, award-winning musician Deru and local DJs will be giving live performances.

Erik Otto is one of 16 current Artist Initiative artists. The Initiative is a $1,000,000USD grant, providing artists with resources to pursue their creative vision.

Please join us for this very special event.

(All photos: Collin Hughes)

Dirty Laundry.

September 3rd, 2014 · Uncategorized

All in perfect timing, I have very in depth Q&A with the good folks at Dirty Laundry. Everything from how I approach large projects, my recent travels to Mexico City, and even some insight to my upcoming show, Rising Tides, I hope to have provided a quality read on an even more quality publication.  I must say, writing is not my strongest talent, but I am genuinely excited about this one. Enjoy and thank you.

“As the outlook of preserving my peace evolved into an understanding that it would be a life-long pursuit – learning that one challenge replaces another, and that moments of hardship are necessary for growth – I began to appreciate the process of pursuing the calling for my life even when it meant facing fears and uncertainties.”

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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.
(2014)

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
$70.

Produced in collaboration with: Burrard Arts Foundation

PURCHASE >>

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