Angel Otero (b. 1981, Santurce, Puerto Rico; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) is best known for his process-based paintings, collages, and sculptural works that venerate the inherent qualities of his material of choice, oil paint. Employing various methods of collage, Otero explores the potential for abstraction to meaningfully engage memory and identity using line, form, and color. Through a methodically innovative process, the artist paints representationally onto large sheets of glass, scrapes the partially dried oil paint from the surface, and then reassembles the resulting “skins” into multi-layered compositions. In this way, the paint itself emerges as a crucial conceptual component, mobilizing ideas of chance, conveyance, and aesthetic vernacular, while the images and themes it visualizes become fragments or parts of a history energized by the material. Instead of representing his life through art, he archives moments within it through a constant negotiation between lived experience and art historical references.
Discover Otero’s work in real life in our Dallas gallery On Two, presented by Lehmann Maupin.
The Conservatory On Two is located at 100 Highland Park Village, Suite 205 in Dallas. Entry is accessible via an interior elevator bank between Chanel and Starbucks. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.