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I realize I’ve been a bit quiet here lately. It seems to take a lot of work to create art and promote it at the same time. I’ve been working in my sketchbook the past couple weeks, experimenting and exploring. There’s a lot of freedom and no deadlines. johnotterart008.jpg

I’ve been posting these new sketches and drawings to Instagram, you can find my feed here: https://www.instagram.com/johnotterart/

This weekend I really want to come up with a schedule for my newsletter, which is currently posted very infrequently, maybe once a month. You can sign up for my newsletter here: John Otter Art Newsletter – free to sign up, no spam & you can unsubscribe anytime.

And if you haven’t liked my Facebook page you can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/JohnOtterArtist/

I look forward to sharing my process, progress and ideas a bit more frequently, hope you’ll come along for the ride. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.

‘vocabularies’ reception

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This past Friday was the artist reception for my solo show titled “VOCABULARIES: mixed media drawings by John Otter” – thanks to everyone who came out for the reception and/or the opening, and a special thanks to Emad Gabra for the wonderful music during the reception. The show is up until April 28th, so there’s still time to check it out.IMAG2092IMAG2077

SPACE Gallery -Claremont
254 West Bonita Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

 

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Vocabularies – Artist Reception this Friday

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I’m excited for this Friday! It’s the artist reception for my solo show at Space Gallery – Claremont. The show opened this past Saturday during the Claremont Art Walk, while I was returning from Louisville, Kentucky. I was on a layover in Chicago when my phone notified me that the opening had begun. Since they knew I’d be gone during the opening Space Gallery graciously agreed to also host an artist reception the following Friday – there will be food and drink, live music by Emad Gabra, and I’ll be there happy to discuss my work with anyone interested.

Hope to see you there!

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SPACE Gallery Claremont
254 West Bonita Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

spacegallery254@gmail.com
(818) 404-4100

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VOCABUALRIES: mixed media drawings by John Otter

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SPACE Gallery is pleased to present 

“VOCABULARIES: mixed media drawings by John Otter.”
Show Opening: Saturday, April 1st 6-9PM
Artist Reception: Friday, April 7th 6-10pm

John Otter was born and raised in San Diego, California, where he began his art career as a printmaker. He received his BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, and studied at the New York Studio Program.

Otter fell in love with drawing at an early age, filling sketchbooks with pen and ink drawings that hint at the abstract style he would return to later in life. Repetitive patterns, concentric circles, stippling and cross-hatching have remained an integral part of his drawings.

His recent work on paper strives to harmonize disparate concepts, merging notions of the synthetic and the organic, cities and nature, circuitry and water.

Using a variety of techniques and devices, Otter is interested in simplifying complex feelings, ideas and states of mind into visual playgrounds with space for the eye and mind to wander through and explore.

SPACE Gallery Claremont
254 West Bonita Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

spacegallery254@gmail.com
(818) 404-4100

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drawing progress

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John Otter drawing 2017

Another night spent working on this large drawing. The dimensions are around 26×18″ – which is the largest drawing I’ve done in years. It began with washes of watercolor. I’ve been dancing around it with pencil, gouache and ink for hours at a time over the past week or two. It’s Saturday night, the drawing and I are scheduled to have a long conversation tonight. I’ve been hesitant to dive too fully into the central area, the edges seem easier to approach. Little by little the ink and gouache are encroaching on the center – so I have the option to continue working inward, or change direction and make some bold moves in the middle. I’ll let the drawing decide.

This drawing will make it’s debut with a slew of recent (smaller) drawings at SPACE Gallery – Claremont this April.