This weekend kicks off the ambitious Wonderland project in our own Tenderloin neighborhood. With events and art installations continuing through November 15, 2009, The Loin will be bustling with workshops, happenings, sculptures, and sound installations. Erik Otto participated in one project titled ‘Down the Rabbit Hole‘ that opened on Saturday, October 17th at Boeddeker Park (240 Eddy St.). Working with the artists Jonathan Fung, Monika Jones, Mark Lee and Brandon Robinson, the team created a room that addresses issues of human trafficking in San Francisco.
“There’s been a lot of press interest about our particular installation because it deals with such a controversial issue. I stand behind the purpose of it as much as my director and were ready for the attacks. You never know how people will react.” -Erik Otto
Down the Rabbit Hole
To see the installation through November 15th, go to 357 Ellis St. during normal business hours. Someone there will walk you over to the site and let you in. As Erik puts it, “Sorta adds to the experience.”
For more info:
Down the Rabbit Hole blog
Erik Otto’s blog
To compliment his current show at The Shooting Gallery, Erik Otto has released a special edition screenprint. Otto combines his signature imagery of icebergs and houses with a bright graphic style to show a different side of his personality.
3 color screen print
110 lb paper
signed edition of 100
Contact The Shooting Gallery for your own signed edition from Erik Otto.
Erik Otto has many tricks up his sleeve for this Saturday’s Terrestrial Syndrome. After the holiday weekend, we were surprised to reenter The Shooting Gallery welcomed by a wooded structure and towers of whimsical paintings. Continue for a preview what is in store for Tenderloin goers this Saturday, September 12th.
The boys are coming tomorrow to begin their installation for Terrestrial Syndrome and we’re expecting a full blown takeover. Erik and Kevin have been busting up their blogs with news about their fresh paintings, including images and insider explanations. Click the image above to view process shots from Erik Otto, and read below to hear how Kevin Taylor brought a skill saw into the mix for “The Presentation of Wolf.”
“Sometimes a painting just doesn’t seem to work. That’s exactly what happened with “The Presentation of Wolf”. I originally had a collection of beings gathered in a picture plane, but for some reason, the painting seemed confused. One thing led to another and next thing you know, out came the skillsaw. The one thing I did like about the painting was the wolf head, so after chopping the painting up, I painted over everything else. I was then faced with the predicament of making a lone wolf head seem purposeful. After some thought, I hit on the idea of the orb/placenta/womb which in turn inspired a series of paintings still in progress. These orb paintings explore the very moment in time when proto – species became the species acknowledged by modern biology. I enjoy the idea of destruction being an alternative form of creation, and have found that by destroying the parts of a thing that are not useful or relevant, a pure form is revealed. Ironically, much like the concept of evolution itself.” –Kevin E. Taylor
In anticipation of Terrestrial Syndrome opening Saturday, September 12th
Interview by The Shooting Gallery
From a rusty old hubcap to an abandoned piece of wood, Erik Otto finds inspiration in the decaying remnants of our society. His personality is upbeat and his color palette lighthearted, yet Erik’s imagery hints at an ominous force just around the bend. Serene landscapes become unsettled as Otto infuses each piece with movement, action, and angst. Whether screenprinting on tees or painting on found wood, he is constantly exploring the need for change.
When it comes to interviews, he chose the Pictionary route: read below for a sincere portrait of Erik Otto.
We hope to see you at Erik Otto’s opening on Saturday, September 12th.
More posts about Erik Otto:
Process Shots and Dance Video
Erik’s Residency at the SF Dump
Erik Otto is geared up for the opening of Terrestrial Syndrome next Saturday, September 12th. A word from the artist:
“August is over and the artwork for my next show is on its last leg of the journey. Emerging from the layers and layers of paint, the home finally emerges. This week I also went back to planning the installation making sure no details were forgotten. At the opening I plan to release my new screen print as well as have my new sticker pack, postcard set, and book available for all you art collectors who may be on the extreme budget tip.”
After so much hard work, Erik took a break to shake out his dancing feet:
Back to the art: see what Erik has been working on below and be sure to check his blog for more.
The countdown is on: 12 days until the opening of Terrestrial Syndrome featuring Erik Otto and Kevin E. Taylor. Erik has been releasing black and white sneak peeks of his works in progress, and here we go with round 3. Stay tuned for more updates and mark your calendars for September 12th, 2009 at The Shooting Gallery.
For more previews:
Terrestrial Syndrome Shaping Up
Black & White Previews from Erik Otto