Celebrations: OTA Contemporary

Celebrations: Kiyomi Baird, David A. Clark, Carlos Frias, H. Gomez Chavez, Wes Hunting, Robert Koch, Chad Manley, Mario Martinez, Ivan McLean, Kristina Varjan, Raul Villarreal, Jarica Walsh December 7 through January 27, 2019 Public Reception: Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:30 – 7:00 pm As we enter the annual holiday season, it seems timely to feature […]

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Steely Discipline: The Work of Hernan Gomez Chavez

Upon studying the sculpture of Hernan Gomez Chavez, one might easily wonder how such inherently physical work—geometric, meticulous configurations of welded steel—can simultaneously feel so effortless and ephemeral. For Gomez Chavez, it comes naturally: art-making involves both studious technique and intense, sometimes politically charged inspiration.  Gomez Chavez was born in Santa Fe, where his predilection […]

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Inter-woven: The multifaceted disciplines of Kristina Varjan 

Kristina Varjan considers herself a “movement artist,” which seems like a uniquely fitting moniker for someone engaged in dance, martial arts, and master basket-making. From early childhood, the New York City-born Varjan was drawn to a number of dance practices. Later in life, her deep affinity for physical expression manifested in an abiding love for […]

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Better Together: Connections II Presents Unexpected, Provocative Visual Dialogs

What does it mean to be connected? In a time when interactions on digital platforms often eclipse the real thing, the question of what it means to feel linked together—creatively or otherwise—becomes an intriguing one.

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Well-Rounded: The Sculpture of Jarica Walsh

Walsh’s most recent works are distinguished by their rounded forms, which are incorporated into nearly every composition. As a shape, the circle is deceptively complex, supple and sturdy in equal parts.

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Soldering On: The Metal Sculpture of Robert Koch

“When people view my work,” says sculptor Robert Koch, “I hope they see something that gives them a feeling of peace. Something tranquil. And I hope they appreciate the simplicity of the form.” It’s a straightforward enough statement, but in the case of this artist, whose work evinces a material-defying delicacy, it seems particularly fitting. […]

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Stories in Glass: The Art of Wes Hunting

According to glass blower Wes Hunting, his medium of choice is “an incredible, immediate material.” He would know; for nearly four decades Hunting has been one of the most innovative masters of an ever-evolving art-form.

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Kiyomi Baird | Straddling the Cultures of East and West

The sensibility of an artist like Kiyomi Baird, who straddles the cultures of East and West, is fascinating.  The genesis of an artist’s discernment is always intriguing and complex.

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An Invitation from the Sculptor Somers Randolph

If you’ve passed by OTA Contemporary on the corner of Canyon Road and the Paseo, you will have seen the five piece installation of Calacatta marble by Somers Randolph. It’s an extraordinary witness to the power of will and a grinder…

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Finding the Dominican Republic in the Paintings of Carlos Frias

Transplanting to the cooler climes of New Jersey has not diminished the passion and color in the paintings of Carlos Frias.  A native of the Dominican Republic…

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