VOLTA NY: JUSTINE OTTO
March 2 - 6, 2016
CONNERSMITH is delighted to present new paintings by Justine Otto at the VOLTA NY, located at Pier 90 in New York City.
Justine Otto was born in Zabrze, Poland in1974. She currently lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. Ms. Otto creates layered imagery in oil paint with loose, vibrant brushwork. Drawing inspiration from films and vintage photographs, she paints single figures, or groups, immersed in mysterious activities. The artist’s enigmatic narratives are edgy, captivating, and often humorous.
Ms. Otto’s complexly integrated scenes evoke vestiges of histories, memories and dreams. Superimposing multiple portraits on single figures, or coalescing patterns from disparate time periods, she invents visions, which, though unexpected, seem strangely familiar.
Handling her medium with energy and assurance, Ms. Otto deconstructs surfaces and forms. As she deftly builds visual tension between figuration and abstraction, the artist fluidly negotiates the polarities of individuality and social identity.
Justine Otto’s works are featured in the permanent collection of The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, and in numerous private collections in the U.S. and Europe. She has had solo exhibitions in many museums and public venues including: Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany; Kunstverein Duisburg, Duisburg, Germany; Städtische Galerie Neunkirchen, Neunkirchen, Germany; Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland; Städtische Galerie Eichenmüllerhaus, Lemgo, Germany; Städtische Galerie Fürth, Fürth, Germany; Kunstverein Aurich, Aurich, Germany; and Museum Schloss Gifhorn, Gifhorn, Germany.
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