Angel Otero, Lago
03.28.2015 — 05.16.2015
Reception Saturday March 28, 4-7pm
219 N. Elizabeth Street
Kavi Gupta CHICAGO BERLIN is proud to announce an exhibition of new paintings, “Lago,” by Angel Otero. This will be the first exhibition to showcase Otero’s series of silicone transfers onto canvas with brightly powdered pigment.
In this new series, Otero distills photographic images into line patterns in order to transfer onto canvas using a unique monoprinting technique. An image is traced onto paper with silicone and is then “stamped” onto the surface of the canvas using pure powdered pigment. The resulting works distort the original image while leaving the memory of both its compositional and commemorative structure.
Material transformation is fundamental to Otero’s practice, as is the artist’s relationship to contemporary painting’s fundamental building blocks. While earlier series celebrated aspects of art history and the act of painting itself, the works in “Lago” turn to photography and film for inspiration. Titled after the red-painted town that serves as the backdrop for the 1973 Clint Eastwood film High Plains Drifter, Otero’s latest vibrantly colored, monochromatic canvases propose new ways of seeing in our digital age.
Angel Otero received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include Anachronic at Susanne Vielmetter Projects in Los Angeles, CA (2014); Gates of Horn and Ivory at Lehmann Maupin Gallery New York (2013); and Material Discovery at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia (2013). Recent group exhibitions include Piece by Piece: Building a Collection at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO (2015); Horizon at Lehmann Maupin in Hong Kong (2015); Between Worlds, curated by Jane Neal, at Galerie Isa in Mumbai, India (2014); Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Chicago, IL (2014); Mystic Fire at Paradise Row in London, England (2014); and Outside the Lines at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston (2013).