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THE (MENTHOLATED) ROADS AROUND NAPLES Michael Ottersen

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  • MICHAEL OTTERSEN
    THE (MENTHOLATED) ROADS AROUND NAPLES July 14-September 29, 2013
     
    Thick oil paintings over acrylic paintings creates a simple yet confusing hesitation in Michael Ottersen's recent geometric abstractions.  Their multiple contradictions stem from how they seem hellbent upon producing the physical appearance of object-ness while completely content with just being an illusion.  Shapes attempt to produce a discoverable point of reference, but it is through memory and reflection that steers the task to completion.  The bold and slightly--sometimes very-- off color palette combined with the cake icing brushwork makes these paintings seem familiar and fun, however there is always the suspicion that what is unseen is somehow more important.  Perhaps it is, or perhaps the titles are more important as some of the world's smallest poems and they just need a place to hang.  Deeper still, one wonders if the real purpose of these works is to begin asking the questions that may never receive a definitive answer.
     
    Michael Ottersen lives in Seattle Washington and has shown often in New York City, most recently at Feature Inc.  Locally his work has been seen at Bellevue Art Museum, Gallery 4Culture and Soil.  He received his BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. SEASON is honored to present Mr. Ottersen's first solo show in Seattle since 2004.
     
    Please contact robert@season.cz with questions or to purchase artwork.
  • Michael Ottersen, Mary Krishna, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 64 x 48 inches. $9000.
  • Michael Ottersen, Bangs, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. $3500.
  • Michael Ottersen, Ugly Boys and Girls (A), 2011, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20 inches. $3500.
  • Michael Ottersen, Ugly Boys and Girls (B), 2011, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 20 inches. $3500.
  • Michael Ottersen, Definite Article, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 20 x 16 inches. $3500.
  • Michael Ottersen, Carpeted Stairs, 2011, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. $3500.
  • Michael Ottersen, The Sailor, The Carpet, The Drapes, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 24 inches.  $4000.
  • Michael Ottersen, Under Neptune, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. $3500.
  • Michael Ottersen, Under Neptune (detail), 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. $3500.
  • Michael Ottersen, Stinky Pinky/Wigwamery, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches. $3500.
  • Michael Ottersen, 13 Carrots, 2013, ink, gouache and acrylic on paper, 30 x 22 inches.  $3000 framed.
  • Michael Ottersen, Simple Syrup, 2012, ink and gouache on paper, 30 x 22 inches.  $3000 framed.
  • Michael Ottersen, Simple Syrup (detail), 2012, ink and gouache on paper, 30 x 22 inches.  $3000 framed.
  • Michael Ottersen, Thank You Claude Chabrol, 2012, ink on paper, 30 x 22 inches.  $3000 framed.
  • Michael Ottersen, Thank You Mario Bava, 2012, ink on paper, 30 x 22 inches.  SOLD.
  • Catalog available with essay by Aaron Krach, artist and writer.  $8.