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Print Release — “Vision”

July 7th, 2015 · Uncategorized

I am pleased to announce my latest print, Vision, is now available for purchase online. Hand printed in collaboration with fine art printers, Mullowney Printing, this print feels like a work of art. In all, it combines 2 layers of wood-cut with letter press, split fountain, and a blind emboss layers all on a heavy weight printmaking paper with a deckled edge.

See for yourself.

Vision
4-color wood cut and letter press print on printmaking paper
16 x 20 in.
signed edition of 75
$75. / each

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Rising Sun — SHIRT

July 7th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Heads up! For those that may not be able to afford an original work of art, I managed to produce a small run of shirts in conjunction with the latest show, Rising Sun. Available in mens and womens sizes.

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Rising Sun — artwork + photos

July 7th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Thank you to ALL who made it out to the opening of Rising Sun. For those that didn’t make it, here’s a few pieces from the show. View the work in person through July 27, 2014 at Luna Rienne Gallery in San Francisco.

For more artwork information and purchase inquiries, please go HERE >>

“Reinvention”

“The Sun Sets Only To Rise Again”


“Changes in the Current” (blue)


“Changes in the Current” (red)

“Horizons”

“At First Light”

“Every Day Is New”

“What Shall Be Shall Be”

“Drift Return”

For more artwork information and purchase inquiries, please go HERE >>

slow and steady.

June 17th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Within 2 weeks until the opening of my much anticipated solo exhibition in San Francisco. Like all show deadlines, it ends up being a sort of art marathon until I cross the big finish line. A test of endurance and the only way out of it is to go through it. Please join us next Saturday at Luna Rienne Gallery as we unveil my latest and greatest and maybe learn a little more as to why I do what I do.

moving and shaking.

June 9th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Things are moving along in the studio as I prepare a new body of work for my upcoming show, Rising Sun at Luna Rienne Gallery. Very proud to still be able to make art for a living in the city of San Francisco which makes me even more excited to bring this show to life. Hope to see you there!

Wood cut print the making in collaboration with Mullowney Printing.

Rising Sun @ Luna Rienne Gallery // SF

May 27th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Rising Sun
mixed media paintings and light sculptures by ERIK OTTO

opening reception:
Saturday, June 27, 2015
6 - 9pm
beer provided by Esoteric Brewery

on view:
June 27 – July 27

Luna Rienne Gallery
3318 22nd Street
San Francisco

#RisingSunSF

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Rising Sun represents a new understanding and perspective shift on the increasingly challenging times artists face in a city undergoing a very apparent transition. It depicts a new chapter slowly revealing itself along with a hopeful outlook. Competing forces, reinvention, and renewal play a role, and all are connected to a larger story of survival.

This collection continues the commentary begun in my last body of work, Rising Tides, which centered around the concept that turbulent times invoke a need to make peace through acceptance.

Symbolic of purity and openness, Rising Sun contains a strong use of white against a restrained color palette, reflecting the fundamentals of a new beginning. This show represents artistic leaps in a new direction as part of an ongoing series of work, reminding us that while the sun may set, it always rises again.

Expanding on the aforementioned themes, I will present a series of work consisting of mixed media paintings both large and small exploring a wide range of new techniques and materials. Additionally, all new sculptural work made of wood and neon light will be purposefully displayed to help set the stage for what will be my tenth solo exhibition within San Francisco.

Carry On @ Red Tree House // Mexico City

February 2nd, 2015 · Uncategorized

I am proud to announce that I will be exhibiting works with fellow San Francisco gallery, Ampersand International Arts, that is hosting a pop-up show here in Mexico City all in good timing with the annual art fair, Zona Maco.

Carry On

A Pop-Up Gallery Exhibition in Mexico City

Wednesday, February 4 // 4-7pm
Thursday, February 5 // 12-6pm

The Gallery @ The Red Tree House
Culiacan 8
Colonia Condesa, Cuauhtémoc
06100 Mexico City, D.F.

“Carry On is an exhibition pairing artists from S.F. and D.F. whose connection is the medium they choose to create in. From painting, photography, drawing or installation, the exhibition aims to discover what similarities, if any, arise between the works of two artists who are using comparable tools to create in different geographic locales. Carry On is the beginning of a conversation between S.F. and D.F. that will continue on during an exhibition in San Francisco in 2016.” –ampersand

Suspended in Time
acrylic, spray paint and pencil on cavas
28 x 28 in.

for purchase inquiries, contact Ampersand >>

NINOxCamino @ Caballeria // Mexico City

February 2nd, 2015 · Uncategorized

In collaboration with some creative friends in Mexico City who go by the collective name, Camino, I will be contributing one piece for their upcoming pop-up exhibition. In theme with the Mexican holiday Rosca de Reyes, they have borrowed the iconic figurine of baby Jesus found within the cake you eat on this particular holiday and enlarged it for a select group of artists to reinvent this common object meanwhile reviving tradition in a whole new way. Join us for tamales, mezcal, and good music.

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Creator Class x Erik Otto

February 2nd, 2015 · Uncategorized

Nice little interview with the good folks over at Creator Class is ready for a quick read. It’s sorta like a virtual studio visit as I go into detail about the wonderful space I have in San Francisco where all the magic happens. Enjoy.

Read full story HERE >>

(photos: Collin Hughes)

write your story.

February 2nd, 2015 · Uncategorized

Currently exploring and creating in Mexico City.

Things I have learned: 1) Bikes are the best way to travel. 2) Life starts when you get out of your comfort zone. 3) Always always always…keep a positive perspective.