Press Release: Alchemy @ Heron Arts / SF

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opens: May 26, 2022 / 5-9pm
on view: May 26 – June 23, 2022
Heron Arts
7 Heron Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Heron Arts is pleased to announce the solo exhibition Alchemy from Bay Area

born and raised, New York-based artist Erik Otto. Alchemy combines Erik

Otto’s curiosity of materials, his experience with grief, and the transformative

nature of the spiritual and natural worlds. The opening reception for Alchemy is

Thursday, May 26th, 2022 from 5-9 pm. It is free and open to the public. The

exhibition will be on view to the public until June 23rd by appointment only.


The new collection by New York-based artist Erik Otto explores themes of

transformation and regeneration. The collection moves through the stages of

grief the artist has personally experienced over the last year, exploring the

metamorphic states of being that were brought to bear. Mortality and vitality are

in tandem, as color and form take shape together onto the surface. Inner conflict

is brought to the fore in a portrayal of the difficult beauty that is life.


Alchemy is a slight departure from Otto’s previous works, often centered around

resolution and stillness. This collection focuses on what happens as the dust

settles from turbulent times, a rediscovery of oneself and an intentional effort to

seek peace from within. For Otto, this work is a release, a grievance, a shedding,

and a movement needed for renewal. Shifting from his signature circular motif

as the central focus, the artist aims to create movement which emphasizes a

journey of transformation. Evolving states of being captured in atmospheric

landscapes poetically portray a feeling of letting go and an energy that is

released when we accept what we can’t control.