Saturday, December 18, 2010

Otnes Hotness


There have been a large number of impressive art exhibits in NYC so far this season. Anselm Kiefer was a favorite and you can read brief reviews of many more on my page at NearSay. A recent retrospective of work by collage artist Fred Otnes at Kouros Gallery also was a highlight.




Otnes names his inspirations as Pablo Picasso, Kurt Schwitters, Robert Motherwell, and Joseph Cornell. In turn, he has himself become an inspiration for countless mixed media artists.








The beauty of his work is in the compositions and, as the close-up shots below reveal, the small details.







20 comments:

Dyche Designs said...

Those look great, I'm not a city girl but sometimes I wished I had access to the city for some of these amazing exhibitions.

glimmering prize said...

these are amazing!!!thanks for sharing! wish i still lived in the city.

layers said...

oh my-- another of my favorite artists- how lucky for you to get to see all these exhibitions in person.

Jill zaheer said...

So glad you are showcasing your wonderful photos of the exhibits. I'm not familiar with these artists so it's always a super learning experience to enter these galleries through your blog!

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Wow - I can understand the overwhelming feeling - so powerful, inspiring...humbling....

Bill said...

I love all of them. They actually look like something you would do.

Parabolic Muse said...

Oh, Seth, this is beyond marvelous. Thank you so much for sharing Otnes. I am trying to imagine a world without these giants, but I can't. This is exactly what mesmerizes me, and I find myself standing there, entranced, while my cohort have moved on rooms away...

The webisphere without you? IMPOSSIBLE!!

visualinfluence said...

Great photos. Thanks for sharing

Ceparie said...

As I live far far away from any galleries of note, I must view the work of artists I admire via photos in books and on websites. The close-up detail was much appreciated on this post. Joseph Cornell is one of my favorites too and this interactive website does an excellent job illustrating his imagination and creativity. http://www.pem.org/sites/cornell/#

Susan M said...

One of my favorites! And here is a quote of his that I love:
"I could live with raw umber and black for the rest of my life. It has infinite possibilities, gradations, subtleties -- it has tonal variations that are very beautiful." -- Fred Otnes

MB Shaw said...

I adore Fred Otnes. I found a book about him at our library and I didn't want to take it back :) And Anselm Kiefer, oh my! That must have been wonderful. I am guessing that they both inspire your lovely work?

La Dolce Vita said...

would love to see this up close and in person, lucky you Seth, just wonderful, thanks for sharing these with us ... I count on you and your trusty camera!! Sending you best wishes for a joyous holiday season!

Kathleen Botsford said...

Fred is my all time favorite! Thank you for sharing your fabulous journeys with all of us!

Leslie said...

These are fantastic too, Seth. Thanks for sharing!

Mar said...

fred otnes is awesome i have a reference book of his work love looking through for inspiration...

merry christmas seth!

Debrina said...

Not quite my cuppa tea - but that's art for you! Lol!

Anyway, the main reason I'm here is to say thanks for all your inspiring postings this year; to congratulate you on your pending publication and to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the opportunities you have created for me. Whether you realise it or not, you have inspired me to greater and greater heights creatively, Seth. Hope you have a fantastic winter solstice and merry xmas. :-)

Yaya Chique said...

Very inspiring my friend! I can definitely see Picasso's influence in some of these. My favorite is the bicycle! Wishing you a beautiful and loving Christmas....xo...deb

Dave said...

Once again, I wish I could see these wonderful works up close! Your pics are great but still not the same...thanks for posting these!!

rivergardenstudio said...

Dear Seth, thank you for sharing another set of amazing artwork. I especially love the 6th photo, to me it is as if a shadowy woman is walking below an ancient map... roxanne

Sharmon Davidson said...

Oh, now I'm REALLY jealous- Otnes is one of my absolute favorites! It must have been a great time, seeing them in person!