DateThursday, March 5, 2009
LocationBlue Star Contemporary Art Center
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McKay Otto Gallery Talk
McKay Otto talks on his latest exhibit ever self ever in the Project Space Gallery at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. Otto plans on elaborating on his newest series of work inviting the audience to hear about his painting while viewing them in both a light and dark environment.
About the exhibit:
For years, McKay Otto has aimed to free painting from the two dimensional to become trans-dimensional. His intricately layered mixed media paintings are portals to a transcendental experience - both a mirror and a window, offering views to a higher consciousness. Translucent and full of mystery, each work calls into question reality and perception. Otto continues to investigate the notion of vastness and infinite space, inviting the viewer to visually voyage into another dimension - exploring the light inside of all things and beyond - leaving their connections to the material world behind. In this body of work, new circular motifs emerge influenced by Australian aboriginal art and Zen Buddhism. McKay’s works are to be experienced in both light and darkness. – Courtesy Pan American Art Projects
About the artist:
McKay Otto was one of two artists mentored by Agnes Martin. Exhibiting nationally for almost twenty years, McKay Otto is a Texan artist newly based in Wimberley, Texas. Otto received a BA from the University of Texas, followed by studies at Laguna Gloria Art School in Austin, Texas, School of Perceptionism in Sedona, Arizona, and finally the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas. In 2008, McKay Otto was a Hunting Prize finalist. His work has appeared in publications such as Art in America, Art & Antiques, NY Arts Magazine, THE Magazine, and PaperCity.
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