June 27, 2015 - July 27, 2015
Rising Sun represents Otto’s latest perspective on the increasingly challenging times artists face in a city undergoing very apparent transition, and depicts a new chapter that hopes for a brighter future. Competing forces, reinvention, and renewal play a role, and are all connected to a larger story of survival.
This collection builds on his last body of work, Rising Tides, which centered around the concept that turbulent times invoke a need to make peace through acceptance.
Symbolic of new beginnings, Rising Sun contains a strong use of white against a restrained color palette, providing a sense of remaining open-minded to change. Similar themes carry out across the new series of work, consisting of mixed media paintings, both large and small, that explore new techniques and materials. Additionally, all-new sculptural work made of wood and neon help set the stage for what will be his tenth solo exhibition in San Francisco.
Erik Otto has been working professionally in the arts for over 10 years. With a passion for creative exploration, he balances his time between painting and design, blending multiple influences into one distinct style that has been presented in distinguished galleries, film/theater sets, street corners, and even a parklet. Often improvising with a growing list of mediums and reclaimed materials, he creates work that is both expressive and conceptual, capturing the moment where beauty meets chaos. Otto received his BFA from San Jose State University and currently lives, works and rides his bike in San Francisco.