CHROMATHERAPY

 


 

Chromatherapy
Light and Color inspired artwork by Erik Otto
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Split Exhibition with Liz Tran
December 12, 2020
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Heron Arts
7 Heron Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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all artwork inquires & viewing appointments: tova@heronarts.com
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soundscape by: Connor O’Sullivan
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ABOUT THE WORK

Erik Otto created this body of work in response to the tumultuousness of 2020, each piece is an

opportunity for solace and aspiration amidst uncertainty. Gridlocked by the pandemic, Otto pivoted to

embrace unconventional materials thus monumentalizing their everyday grace. Sculptural paintings of

molded sand and plaster are marked with gestural strokes and explore color gradients, reminiscent of the

sun’s daily rotation. Dark, contemplative landscapes, contrast those left raw and natural, others explore

teal and golden hues. Guiding the viewer are streaks of soft, calming neon, which the artist designed with a

fabricator in Brooklyn. These works respond to their environment. Hits of silver flakes and glass beads are

folded into the coarse facades, dancing with the neon and in full embrace of surrounding light—

illuminating reflective magic for the curious viewer. For Otto, sand symbolizes fleeting time and the

culmination of small gestures coming together. 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.


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ARTWORK


Distant Light 01
sand, powdered marble, black magnum, silver flakes and neon on panel
24 x 32 in.
2020

$2,300. (inquire for purchase)



Distant Light 02
sand, powdered marble, black magnum, silver flakes and neon on panel
24 x 32 in.
2020

SOLD




Chroma 01
sand, powdered marble, black magnum, silver flakes and neon on panel
24 x 32 in.
2020

SOLD




Chroma 02
sand, powdered marble, black magnum, silver flakes and neon on panel
24 x 32 in.
2020

SOLD


 


Pathways 01
enamel, powdered marble, aerosol and neon on 2 panels
28 x 32 in.
2020

$3,200. (inquire for purchase)



Pathways 02
enamel, powdered marble, aerosol and neon on 2 panels
28 x 32 in.
2020

$3,200. (inquire for purchase)


Refuge 01
plaster, pigment, aerosol and neon on panel
32 x 48 in.
2020

$5,400. (inquire for purchase)




Refuge 02
plaster, pigment, aerosol and neon on panel
32 x 48 in.
2020

SOLD




Together Apart
synthetic polymer, sand, plaster, pigment, aerosol and correctional tape on 6 panels
60 x 40 in.
2020

SOLD