Sophomore Seminar Visiting Artist: Angel Otero
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012, 4:30 to 5:30pm
Columbus Drive Auditorium
Reception to follow event
Angel Otero is a visual artist best known for his process-based
paintings. While much of his works have been influenced by memories
based in photographs and other family memorabilia combined with the
gestures of 20th century painting, his latest works highlights the
artist's unique process as a form of narrative in itself. Through his
innovative process of oil paint scraping, Otero venerates historical
oil painting while confronting it head on. Otero's 'deformation'
approach to painting his works, first across glass and then once dry,
flaying the dried paint and reconstructing the composition anew across
large canvasses, is representative of how the artist perceives the
process of reconfiguring both personal and historical narratives.
Otero’s work sometimes uses process as a way of confronting deep,
personal memories. Instead of representing his life through art, he
archives moments within it by creating opportunities of surprise and
discovery. His work is a constant negotiation between the individual
and art history.
Angel Otero was born in 1981, in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He received
his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent
exhibitions include El Museo's Sixth Bienal at El Museo del Barrio,
Memento, a solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery New York,
Misericordia at Prism Gallery Los Angeles, Chicago Cultural Center,
and Constellations at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Otero is
also the recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Visual
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